The Art of Living and The Science of Life
Nick Jordan & Clara Casian
HD video, 59 mins., 2017
Intentional Community is a documentary portrait of Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research (Braziers), a resident community and progressive college exploring co-existence, collective work and our place in nature. Centred upon insights from current residents and members, the film interweaves scenes of daily life with the natural features, architectural characteristics and diverse cultural history of the community.
Set in the wider context of intentional communities, sustainable living, and the economics of post-capitalism, Intentional Community explores the 'sociobiological' ideas of Braziers' founders - psychiatrist Norman Glaister and educationalist Dorothy Glaister, who established the community in 1950 as a social experiment in group co-existence. Today, Braziers is the longest-running secular resident community in the UK, and hosts courses and festivals such as Supernormal.
Structured with a collaged, layered approach, the composite film makes correspondences between the past and present, combing interior and exterior spaces of the gothic manor house with material from Braziers’ archive of photographs, audio recordings and film; including scenes from a Situationist gathering in 1964, attended by writers Alexander Trocchi and Jeff Nuttall, artist John Latham and psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Intentional Community also explores Braziers’ links to the Common Wealth political party, the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry/Kibbo Kift and Grith Fyrd peace camps, reflecting Braziers’ deep-rooted social values, progressive ideas on education, ecological awareness and pertinent links to the counterculture.
Filmed, edited & directed by Nick Jordan & Clara Casian
Original soundtrack score: Lord Mongo
Installation images, Braziers House, Supernormal Festival 2017
Intentional Community excerpt 01
Intentional Community excerpt02: 'Common Wealth'