• Lower farmhouse was a small hippie village in placitas, new mexico that was a legal non-profit organization and one of five communities in the area. The commune was led by Ulysses S Grant, who believed himself to be a reincarnation of the famous civil war general and attempting to run for governor. There was more anti-hippie violence in new mexico then any other state in America and the community was regularly harassed by locals. In December 1970, two people were found shot and killed at the commune and grant and his family were missing and never seen again.

  • Millbrook was a commune in upstate new york started by psychedelic pioneer timothy leary in 1963. The 5000 acre estate was based around two houses, where he and fellow academic dr Richard alpert moved with a small number of families after their dismissal from Harvard for giving students the hallucinogen. The commune was centered around research and later leary’s league of spiritual discovery, which explored connections between LSD and eastern philosophies and religions. The space was regularly raided by the police and FBI. Leary was arrested in 1966, the year LSD was made illegal.

  • Spiral tribe was a free party sound system collective founded in 1990 in England. In 1992 it made history for its involvement in castlemorton, a free rave party that lasted seven days and eventually led to the restrictive criminal justice bill. Spiral tribe and other sound systems, such as bedlam, desert storm and sound conspiracy, headed in convoys across Europe putting on parties in france, spain, Holland, Czech, bosnia and india. Groups of anti-establishment outsiders would take over disused factories, derelict airfields and empty wastelands and put on a teknival before moving on to the next site.

  • Advertising consultant and economist ralph borsodi experimented with self-sufficient living throughout the 1920s and 1930s. in 1934 he founded the ‘school of living’, a space for education and conversation that aimed to pioneer an alternative way of living to modern technological society. To borsodi, cities were not the key to happiness and he lived on various homesteads throughout his life. His utopian vision focused on alternatives to capitalist economics, exploitative banking and ownership. Bordosi once stated “life has come to mean to us learning how to live.”

The Coming Insurection
Thumbnail Toggle Single Image Toggle Previous Image
Next Image
Fullscreen Toggle