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The Mobile Utopia Experiment

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Utopia is more than a dream of a better future. It is lived critique and creative resistance. Alternative forms of life are growing in the cracks and ruins of modernity, capitalism, and environmental degradation that foster different ideas of moral responsibility towards other species and future generations, and capacities to respond or ‘respons-abilities’ to the problems of ‘wicked’ futures (Tutton 2017). As it is harder and harder to ignore that ‘precarity is the condition of our time’, people are asking ‘what if the time was ripe for sensing precarity?’ (Tsing 2015:20). The use of utopia as a method for the imaginative reconstitution of society (Levitas 2013) is a powerful tool in this process. In this short chapter, I experiment with ways of 'mobilising' utopia as method.