A FILM • A BOOK • A WEBSITE

Gabriolan Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart use photographs, video, sound recording as well as engaging writing to explore the subject of their ethnographic research, those that live off of the grid.

DEC 7 - 7PM - HAVEN AUDITORIUM

“In this theoretically sophisticated yet highly accessible book, Vannini and Taggart have provided us with an exciting, handsomely detailed account of those intrepid off-gridders who have set up home in the sparsely populated, isolated vastness of Canada. In dispelling any stereotypical notions that these folk are socially awkward refugees from civilization or romantic eco-obsessives, the lives and conversations featured here—and richly augmented by evocative and informative hyperlinks—reveal that they are inspired by diverse motivations, beliefs and enthusiasms. Yet they are united by an extraordinary resourcefulness, an ability to make do in circumstances that would force most of us to flee back to a connected world. These off-gridders may be pioneers of a future in which energy supplies have diminished but at the very least, their ingenuity may help us to consider how we may live in a more balanced relationship with the earth.” 

-Tim Edensor, School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University