Bastards of Utopia

A remixable Documentary

You Scratch my Back

After visiting the meditation center, Dado and Maple join Jelena at a campfire at the squat.  They plan a night action and show Jelena the new stencils. Read More

This documentary, and the original video footage, serve as Maple’s ethnographic fieldwork as part of a doctoral dissertation in anthropology. Watching and discussing video footage with participants and other proved a revealing way of learning about how they understood actions and what they hoped to achieve. Video also encouraged other forms of observation often neglected in traditional fieldwork. The visual medium captures dimensions of social life not expressed in language, such as gestures, embodied experience, and the spectacular and theatrical aspects of protest.