Over the weekend we took a field trip from our midtown coworking space and made the trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn where we attended Utopia vs. Dystopia: A Festival at A/D/O on Designing Our Imagined Futures. Among a great program of lectures, film screenings, and panel discussions, the event featured David Byrne as its closing keynote speaker.
Showcasing a variety of images, projected on stage, Byrne discussed how utopian and dystopian art and imagery influences and inspires its viewers who are ultimately the ones to enact these visions in the future. One example? How the advent of the atomic bomb and larger discussions on the potential for a post-war nuclear winter across the globe may have directly spurned the beginning of large-scale environmental movements. Similarly, the first photo of our planet as seen from the moon, just that single image, inspires anyone who sees it to realize, as David Byrne put it on Saturday: “Yes, there we are, all in one place.”
David, we feel the same way. Think global, act local, that’s what we try to do here at Workville.
If you do too, stop by for a visit!