What questions are useful for re-imaging the future?

Utopia School is a month-long social center hosted at Flux Factory for the purpose of studying Utopian experiments throughout time, as well as practicing our skills towards building new free spaces and practices. These classes, screenings, discussions and games will be connected by an essential question: What questions are useful for re-imaging the future?

To us, utopias take the form of intentional communities, squats, community gardens, communes, and other initiatives geared towards communizing resources, (including those which don’t self-describe as Utopian). We hope these classes and explorations will help to document and further these specific knowledges.

At any given time there will be several Utopians-in-Residence as well as class leaders involved in running the space, co-learning together, and teaching classes. You, too, can propose a residency project which interacts with the space. We hope you will join us!

Utopia School is open from 12pm-10pm Wednesday-Sunday, from October 1-31st on location at Flux Factory, except when otherwise noted. There are a bunch of field trips in the works, and some classes will take place at other venues, so pay attention to the location in “class descriptions”.

It's also never too late to propose classes – we'll help make happen as many as possible during October, but this is an ongoing effort to build open curricula on utopian thought and practice, intended to continue elsewhere after this month. So propose a class, get involved in existing classes, comment, join remotely or come in person if you can. We look forward to connecting with you!

Scheduled classes

Wed, Oct 1

7:30pm - 10:30pm   Radio Utopia

7:30pm - 10:30pm   Facilitating a consensus meeting section 1: Consensus principles, decision-making dynamics, and the role of the facilitator

9:00pm - 10:00pm   Reimagining Utopia School Website

Thu, Oct 2

4:00pm - 7:00pm   SOCIETY OF GALACTIC UTOPIAS {CARTOGRAPHY DIVISION}

7:30pm - 10:00pm   Facilitating a consensus meeting section 2: Fundamental skills of facilitation

Fri, Oct 3

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Four debates: Either/or..or..or and developing Participating Cultures.

5:00pm - 7:30pm   Onboarding for the Utopia School Website

8:00pm - 11:00pm   People's Kitchen

Sat, Oct 4

(All day)   BEAUTY NIGHT / Clothing Swap

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Crystals

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Four debates: Either/or..or..or and developing Participating Cultures.

1:00pm - 4:00pm   The Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency

4:00pm - 8:00pm   Utopian response to eco-crises? Collective houses, anarchism and permaculture

6:00pm - 8:00pm   History of Revolutionary Dress

8:00pm - 11:00pm   Groucho Fractal

Sun, Oct 5

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Four debates: Either/or..or..or and developing Participating Cultures.

2:15pm - 3:00pm   Non-human resistance

3:00pm - 6:00pm   The Fall Mud Ball Ball

7:00pm - 10:00pm   UTOPIAN CINEMA: Weekly Film Screening & Discussion Series

Wed, Oct 8

12:00pm - 1:30pm   What Happened to Partnership Societies?

2:00pm - 5:00pm   Master Suppression Techniques

5:00pm - 7:00pm   Creating Rituals for Our Times

6:00pm - 9:00pm   Architectures of Desire

9:00pm - 10:00pm   Reimagining Utopia School Website

Thu, Oct 9

12:00pm - 10:00pm   Ad Hacking

2:00pm - 4:00pm   Master Suppression Techniques

6:00pm - 9:00pm   Fixing Session at Utopia School

Fri, Oct 10

1:00pm - 3:00pm   Radical Space in Bushwick, 1880s and Today

2:00pm - 7:00pm   Dribble Your Dream City!

2:30pm - 4:30pm   'Quality of Life' Enforcement, a performative research process in collaboration with Art in Odd Places (AiOP)

4:00pm - 5:00pm   Participatory Action Research

7:00pm - 10:00pm   UTOPIAN CINEMA: Weekly Film Screening & Discussion Series

8:00pm - 10:00pm   People's Kitchen

Sat, Oct 11

12:00pm - 10:00pm   Making Our Own JUMPSUITS

2:00pm - 5:00pm   Utopian response to eco-crises? Collective houses, anarchism and permaculture

2:00pm - 7:00pm   Dribble Your Dream City!

4:00pm - 5:00pm   Participatory Action Research

4:00pm - 6:00pm   'Quality of Life' Enforcement, a performative research process in collaboration with Art in Odd Places (AiOP)

4:00pm - 6:00pm   Introduction to Mesh Networks

8:00pm - 9:00pm   Utopia as Urban Planning (São Paulo)

Sun, Oct 12

11:30am   'Quality of Life' Enforcement, a performative research process in collaboration with Art in Odd Places (AiOP)

2:00pm - 5:00pm   Dribble Your Dream City!

4:00pm - 7:00pm   Practice Sessions: Saying No Safely, Kindly and Clearly (for everyone)

7:00pm - 10:00pm   UTOPIAN CINEMA: Weekly Film Screening & Discussion Series

Tue, Oct 14

2:00pm   LES Squats and Gardens Tour

Wed, Oct 15

12:00pm - 3:00pm   Intro To Transparency Tools

3:00pm - 5:00pm   Twin Oaks is Not Equal to Walden II

5:00pm - 6:00pm   Participatory Action Research

6:00pm - 9:00pm   Architectures of Desire

8:00pm - 10:00pm   “The Passions Are Proportional to the Destinies”: A Brief History of Utopian Socialism

9:00pm - 10:00pm   Reimagining Utopia School Website

Thu, Oct 16

2:00pm - 4:00pm   Can you build Income Sharing Communities in Large Cities (including NYC)?

4:00pm - 6:00pm   Affinity groups as a feminist political tool

6:00pm - 10:00pm   The Collective Social (Formerly: Brooklyn's Collective Social)

Fri, Oct 17

8:00pm - 10:00pm   People's Kitchen

Sat, Oct 18

12:00pm - 2:00pm   The Bummer: Emotional Resilience In The Face Of Uncertainty

12:00pm - 10:00pm   ManifeStation

4:00pm - 5:00pm   Seedball: Intergenerational play to reclaim the commons

5:00pm - 7:00pm   What We Learned From our Parents: Generational Continuity in Alternative Living

5:00pm - 10:00pm   Mesh Summit

7:00pm - 9:00pm   KINDERCHIVE

Sun, Oct 19

12:00pm - 10:00pm   ManifeStation

2:00pm - 5:00pm   The Bushwick Trailer Park: A Retrospective (& Strategies for Wholesome Collective Living)

2:00pm - 6:00pm   Mending, Customizing and Caring for Your JUMPSUIT

5:30pm - 7:30pm   Participatory Action Research

5:30pm - 7:30pm   Art From A (Blank) Perspective

6:00pm - 7:00pm   Inflatables for Protest Action

7:00pm - 10:00pm   UTOPIAN CINEMA: Weekly Film Screening & Discussion Series

Wed, Oct 22

12:00pm - 1:30pm   Performing autonomy

3:30pm - 5:00pm   Performing autonomy

6:00pm - 9:00pm   Contemporary Aesthetic Practices and Decolonial Architecture

6:00pm - 9:00pm   Architectures of Desire

8:00pm - 9:00pm   Funeral Rite for Hope, and All Utopias (a collective, consensus driven Ritual)

Thu, Oct 23

12:00pm - 1:30pm   Performing autonomy

2:00pm - 5:00pm   DESTROY ALL DELUSIONS, a collective mural

3:30pm - 5:00pm   Performing autonomy

4:00pm - 9:00pm   Funeral Rite for Hope, and All Utopias (a collective, consensus driven Ritual)

6:00pm - 10:00pm   Squatting in London

Fri, Oct 24

12:00pm - 1:30pm   Performing autonomy

2:00pm - 5:00pm   DESTROY ALL DELUSIONS, a collective mural

3:30pm - 5:00pm   Performing autonomy

6:00pm - 7:00pm   Participatory Action Research

8:00pm - 10:00pm   People's Kitchen

Sat, Oct 25

12:00pm - 5:00pm   Practical Mesh Workshop

2:00pm - 3:00pm   Tricksters! Antagonism and non-oppositional dissent

2:00pm - 5:00pm   DESTROY ALL DELUSIONS, a collective mural

3:45pm - 4:45pm   Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom

6:00pm - 10:00pm   BEAUTY NIGHT / Clothing Swap

8:00pm - 8:15pm   Suffocating Lightness

Sun, Oct 26

2:00pm - 5:00pm   DESTROY ALL DELUSIONS, a collective mural

3:00pm - 3:45pm   Inflatables for Protest Action

4:00pm - 5:00pm   Utopian Opportunism

4:45pm - 5:00pm   Seedball: Intergenerational play to reclaim the commons

5:00pm - 7:00pm   “The Passions Are Proportional to the Destinies”: A Brief History of Utopian Socialism

7:00pm - 10:00pm   UTOPIAN CINEMA: Weekly Film Screening & Discussion Series

10:00pm - 10:15pm   Suffocating Lightness

Wed, Oct 29

12:00pm - 10:00pm   Beehive collective

3:00pm - 7:00pm   Freeform Utopian Think

6:30pm - 7:30pm   Recycling with Worms

9:00pm - 10:00pm   File sharing

9:00pm - 10:00pm   Reimagining Utopia School Website

10:00pm   Bedtime stories

Thu, Oct 30

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Utopian Sex Ed

12:00pm - 3:00pm   Participatory Action Research

3:00pm - 7:00pm   Freeform Utopian Think

3:00pm - 7:00pm   Reclaiming space and other things

7:00pm - 10:00pm   Kristiania Salon Monthly Gathering

Fri, Oct 31

10:00am - 8:00pm   Space breakdown + DJ party

8:00pm - 10:00pm   People's Kitchen

Sat, Mar 14

1:30pm - 4:30pm   Utopian response to eco-crises? Collective houses, anarchism and permaculture