The Ecotopia Universe comprises the Old and New World. The Old Dystopian World is helmed by the corporate government and regulated by the patriarchal system of gender inequality. Citizens of the Old World are used and abused despite being instrumental in creating more profits for the corporations the government represents. The Old World champions exploitive productivity, which goal is only to grow profits.
The Old World’s outdated thinking is in stark contrast to the New World’s matriarchal culture. The New Utopian World is creatively innovative, supports only eco-minimalistic circular business module and puts its citizens’ well-being and mental health at the centre of their decision-making process. The New World is an equal opportunity society for anyone willing to accept the New World’s values.
The Old and the New World are stuck in an eternal clash, generating unsolvable existential conflict for governments and their citizens.
The ideas for Ecotopia Universe are based on the current global inaction bordered on helplessness in enforcing environmental policies that, in the long run, would benefit the many, not the few.
The first building block on the path of creating the Ecotopia Universe was my feature film “Anna & Modern-Day Slavery”. Once I completed the project, I started wondering what was next for Anna. I knew that making another feature film would have been impossible at that time due to the lack of resources and my creative burnout. The only way I knew how to expand Anna’s story at that time was through short stories, which became known as Ecotopia Short Stories. Those were strongly influenced by the political unwillingness to tackle the environmental crisis we were already living in.
In the early 2000s, way before Ecotopia Universe was even on my mind, I created two characters, Maggie and Patrick, whom I loved deeply, but for years I could not find the right story for them. All that changed when I began working on 2 PPL short stories featuring Maggie and Patrick characters. I set the stories way into the future, in which the world they grew up in ceased to exist. That act of creative free-flowing helped me find the right structure for Maggie’s and Patrick’s impossible love story.
In 2021, I developed a multimedia art installation, “She/Her Wreaths”, which combines elements of physical sculpture, short stories, and animation. The idea for the project was inspired by the ancient symbols of Mother Earth/Motherhood, Womanhood and eco-feminism. She/Her Wreaths beautifully fit within the Ecotopia ecosystem.
In 2022, I started making environmental artistic documentaries, which add a visual element to the Ecotopian Universe. From those documentaries, an idea for a short reportage series emerged. “Another Way…” series depicts how small nature-driven, vegan and sustainable adjustments can be implemented in our daily life and routine.
The last element that constructs the Ecotopia Universe is sustainability on a budget and in an urban environment blog, based on my journey of discovering and applying eco-minimalist lifestyle changes.
Ecotopia Universe is a multimedia project that aims at sharing how tiny changes can lead the way towards an environmentally sustainable future and how our small actions matter a lot and can force corporations and governments to reshape the future that currently looks pretty bleak.