Note — Oct 24, 2021

The Intersection

Seen in → No.193

You’d better make sure to watch this short pseudo-documentary by Superflux because although it’s nominally about the near future, it also feels really really close. If you leave it to be watched in some “view later” bucket for too long, it might end up being about the present or near past. In the film, the team shows us how a violent present could turn into a cooperative future with the help of “a diverse series of protagonists individually recounting their personal past experiences and their place in the emergence of the future they now live in—both the chaos and the hope that surfaced afterwards.”

Beyond the value of the film itself, I’m also including the project because there’s quite a bit to peruse around it, from the website the Intersection, to the viewing guide which explains various words and concepts found in the film, and suggests questions to reflect upon in class or in a group, to finally an overview of the process involved in the making. Created with a multi-talented team of indies, the project included ethnographic and foresight research, interviews, a study on the impact of emerging ambient technologies on marginalized communities, insight workshops, a sensemaking report, worldbuilding, and storytelling. Dig in.

[W]e are barreling towards a society in which every single interaction with the physical and digital world is fair game for extraction and exploitation. […]

We embrace, simultaneously, a systems view and an assemblages perspective. […]

Where everyone has a role to play in communities; Where decisions are consensus-based; Where commoning of culture, discourses and data only ensure more equality and distributed power; Where Kinship with the land is recognised, and systems work within their ecological limits. […]

Our speculative artefacts propose alternate, craft manifestations of technology, a move back into smaller and tighter communities, emergent decentralized mesh networks, local wifi networks to warn of dangers in the local environment or damages in the network and celebrate the connections between technology and our natural worlds.