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Published December 13th 2015
You Don't Need More Space - You Need Less Stuff
Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching an amazing documentary and film based on Tiny Houses and minimalist living. I attended this event at The British Hotel because I'm extremely enthusiastic about the Tiny House movement and the idea of living simply through our everyday lives.
Directed by Jesper Wachtmeister, Microtopia is filmed in a beautiful and thought provoking way, with heavy and resonant sound combined with excellent camera techniques that really capture an intriguing and ethereal atmosphere and setting. I really love how the director conveys this through the wide camera angles, which allow us to see these dwellings from a distance, emphasizing their small scale on a grand level.
Microtopia basically explores ideas of creating a more sustainable and economic future for our earth and for ourselves in a positive way to make a significant impact. The documentary focuses on micro-dwellings, and the ways in which we perceive normal and conventional living. As a society we are almost forced into large houses, incredible debts, poor food choices and more. Microtopia challenges these notions and methods that have been laid upon us in a suffocating and deliberate way. The documentary comprises of architects, builders and artists from around the world who are passionate about this cause and want to spread a message to all who are beginning to question life's purpose and want to eliminate unnecessariness to live a more free and enjoyable life.
How much space, materialistic stuff and comfort do we actually really need? These are the questions that exist and act as a fundamental foundation for Microtopia.
We gain a glimpse into diverse stories throughout the film. Whether it be building islands from recycled plastic bottles, found garbage, to tents hanging from trees to provoke ideas of tree life and environmental causes, micro-homes on wheels, or sleeping pods. All film contributors explore ways to form new communities whilst reducing environmental damage.
The film is quite dystopian in nature, as it feels surreal and other worldly seeing people living in such small spaces, however it really opens your mind to our living spaces and situations. The dwellings featured are incredibly small in size, but these people are content in living this way. The more we have, the more we want and this behaviour is something we need to change. Our thirst for materialistic objects and opulence is taking away the important aspects of living, such as community. We are working incredibly long hours just to afford a house that we hardly spend time in, as well as other things like cars and credit cards. By living a more simple life, you can be free from all these "things" that confine us and ultimately impact our happiness and peacefulness.
This documentary challenges all that we know in terms of living, and the artistic presence throughout the film is magnificent. It's great to see artists, architects and builders coming together to build a more sustainable future. This film has inspired me to build an economic and smaller home in the future.