Join us for the debut of Dmitri Galitzine’s new film Change the World or Go Home. This video essay follows the criminalisation of a prolific inner city activist, whose confrontations with The State test the boundaries of freedom of speech. His counterpart is a Hebridean sheep farmer, who has created a utopia where he can live out his ethical code without interference. But even here, living off-grid on a remote Scottish island, he’s not out of reach of The System.
The work asks how much of our collective future, or at least a collective idea of one, lies somewhere in an idea of one’s self.
Does a better world inhabit a better us? And to what extent is our ethical code merely a 12-step program of self-imagining? Perhaps changing the world is, after all easier than changing our own individual lives?
Galitzine’s work is set within folk culture. It uses the kind of stories that you read about in regional newspapers; about a giant vegetable or an Elvis impersonator or a world record attempt. Stories that are both absurd and amazing, ordinary and epic.