Zeitgeist movement which Zday is in approaching (March 13.3) and whose online documentaries have been watched, according to the organization, by 50 million people around the world. Is quite a collage of classical utopian thoughts and designs. Their headquoters draws inspiration (unconsciously?) from Matti Suuronens Futurohouse, of which an greek alternative hosted an event in which YKON participated in Athens Biennale last year.
The Venus Project presents itself a a a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture.
The initiative is good, even admirable, and if the project would not ignore its historical utopian sources it would even be something of a credible alternative. Because now the impulse to create a new culture, a society (a new human?) -a new form of organization outside the logic of Capitalism is dangereously close to replacing one nihilism with another nihilism. A utopian impulse can and maybe should also be reviewed in its opposite, in this case the Venus project can also be seen as a negative phenomenon, as a radical closure of social space? What kind of social space is being then proposed? Well reading the Zeitgeist Future Design guide, the society is very much in line with William Morris writings from the beginning of last century.
And the designs… hey please, Look closer to what is being created today. This is future design from the 90′s and backward!?