As part of Future Co-ops 2023, we are pleased to be hosting a public screening of ‘From Below’, which will be followed by a Q&A and discussion session with the producer and lead researcher on the project, Dr Oli Mould.
Oli is a geographer at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research, and writing, focuses on the role of urban creativity, mutual aid, activism, and politics. In his books, Against Creativity (2018) and Seven Ethics Against Capitalism: Towards a Planetary Commons (2021) (along with his other writings online and in academic journals), he denounces contemporary ‘creativity’ and neoliberalism, and proposes new political for a fairer, more sustainable, ecologically just and planetary future.
From Below is a documentary film showcasing mutual aid and grassroots community action that helped feed and comfort the vulnerable during the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. The film focuses on specific towns and cities across the North and South of England and speaks to how community action can be supported in order to help people in future crises, both of the climate and of the economy. From Below is part of a broader research project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Details about the project and further outputs can be found at mutualaid.uk.