COMMUNE

 

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A certain kind of perspective on [the terrible community] has to be taken up, a “thief’s gaze,” which from the interior of the apparatus materializes the possibility of escaping it. Sharing this gaze, the most lively bodies will bring about that which the terrible community, even in spite of itself, blindly exudes: its own dissolution.

-Tiqqun, Theses On The Terrible Community

 

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[Olympia, 2010:]

COMMUNE is a film about Olympia, Washington, and was a gift to the people there. It’s a street-level exploration of the Olympia social commons—a shifting space that erupts on street corners and bubbles up from an underground well of potential. Through casual interviews with strangers, the film dives into the depths of desire and unveils new uses of the spaces Olympians all share. The use of film opens an experimental gateway. Olympians who would not otherwise talk to each other see themselves for the first time through the same mirror. It was meant to be a looking glass, a lens, and a thief’s gaze directed at Olympia’s own “terrible community.”

A terrible community constitutes itself in opposition to an opponent and, in that opposition, closes in on itself and begins to rot. Some say that Olympia, once home to ELF cells, the diffuse network of Port Militarization Resistance, and a broad community of anarchists, has become little more than a stale, dusty closet, a cafe-to-show circuit, a green-washed, gentrifying haven of the left. In short, a terrible community. COMMUNE is an experiment. On the negative side, it exposes that Olympia runs business as usual despite its high activist-per-capita ratio and radical reputation. But the film also reveals the existence of many different communes, spreading on their own, outside of anarchist or radical circles.

We are now ready to share this film with you. Even if you do not live in Olympia, COMMUNE is a lens through which you can look at your own terrible community and what lies just outside of it. You think you’re alone, but there are people all around who share your angers and desires. If you don’t know that it’s because you haven’t yet spoken to them. Go find them.

There is magic in Olympia.

It is bottled.

 

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(note: the symbol of Oly-based “Magic” kombucha is common knowledge in Olympia.)

 

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/62922900 w=580&h=330]

 

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YouTube version below. (Click here for YouTube playlist as a URL.)

 

 

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Seattle film METROPOLIS:
https://utopiaorbust.wordpress.com/knfilms/metropolis/

 

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