The Future Arrived: Zero Waste

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Imagine a future without waste, where everything that we consume exists solely within in an infinite, never ending loop. Where every single product is either entirely reusable, recyclable or biodegradable. And better yet, picture a future where we can live out our lives avoiding the consumption of products altogether. 

Off the Grid believes that future is not only possible, but will be doing their best to bring you that vision on December 22nd, 2015. This music festival is aiming for zero waste while simultaneously providing the party. It sounds easy enough - to go without creating waste for one day - but there has been a lot of thought put into designing the vision so that it is logical, and basically gives everyone the freedom to go all the way with ten hours of drinking, eating and dancing, and without sending 1 piece of material to landfill.

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Off the Grid: Can A Party Transform The City?

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“Can a party, or a series of parties, transform a city?” I asked. 
Wax'o Paradiso's Andy Hart replied, “depends on what you mean by transform?”
“Off the Grid wants to transform the city of Melbourne to run on renewable energy as fast as possible. It sees that it’s already happening but it wants to speed up the transition.”
 
For the last several weeks Finding Infinity has been interviewing the artists of Off the Grid - Banoffee, Sui Zhen, Tornado Wallace and Wax’o Paradiso - asking each of them, ‘can a party transform a city?’ Their responses vary. But so did their knowledge of what Off the Grid is trying to do. What can be heard in their answers, however, is a sense of positivity and unknown potential that clearly rings throughout.  
 
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Off The Grid: A Summer Solstice Party

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Why is this festival on a Tuesday? Because this year the summer solstice falls on December 22nd, which is a Tuesday. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and the day at which the sun reaches its highest point. What better day to connect technology with art to help speed up the transition to a future powered by the sun.
 
When you think about it, our lifestyles these days are quite disconnected from the sun. Not so long ago in terms of us as a people, we lived by the hours of the sun and the seasons of the sun. The introduction of electricity and transport have changed our worlds completely.
 
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Off the Grid Artist Series: Wax'o Paradiso

Photos By Marlee Pasinetti
Written By James Waldersee

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“If we’re expressing ourselves more consciously on the weekends then maybe that will translate to our every-day lives as well.”  
-Edd Fisher

 

We walked around the tall grass by the creek next to where Wax’o Paradiso had thrown a park party the year before. I was sitting on the hill thinking of questions to ask them as they had their photos taken. They were talking as they usually would when a tiger snake came out of the grass of the creek-bed and slithered into the water. Somebody screamed, I’m not sure who. I hadn’t seen the snake from where I sat. Only the ripples after, made by its swim. It didn’t take long for them to move back up the hill. A ranger was there too. He said there was another tiger snake somewhere in the tall grass right behind where they stood next. We moved on and headed to an open place, without any grass, to talk all things Off the Grid. 

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Off the Grid Artist Series: Tornado Wallace

Photos by Marlee Pasinetti

TW1.jpgWe met up with Tornado Wallace to play basketball and drink coffee, and to see what he has to say about Off The Grid 2015:

Alike many of my acquaintances in life I met Lewie/Tornado Wallace at a bar, next to a pool table. It was also the night before the following interview. As we were being introduced by mutual friends I realised on the spot that before meeting we had already spent our afternoons emailing each other, organising where to take photos the next day. 

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Transform The City

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Off the Grid is doing something that no-one else has ever done before. The festival needs all the help it can get. It will be solar-powered and aiming for zero waste. And a big party too. It is rapidly growing closer to its own capacity because it is here to push the envelope and break the rules of what is considered normal. An energy revolution is already underway and “every revolution needs an army.”

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Where Does All The Money Go?

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Finding Infinity is here to bring you Off the Grid. A music festival birthed from the passion to get things done, where 100% of the profits will go to a renewable energy power plant project - inviting the city of Melbourne to create its own future based on infinite resources.

“We won’t stop partying until we power the whole city.”

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Off the Grid Artist Series: Sui Zhen

By James Waldersee, Photos by Marlee Pasinetti

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Next for the Off the Grid Artist Series is Sui Zhen. I had already been listening to her ornamental, escapist songs following the weekend, so prior to even meeting her she had me in a good place. We met in the city. Becky, aka Sui Zhen, had just come from shooting a short film, she introduced herself and let us know of the pink satin outfit in her bag, also pointing out the false freckles painted upon her cheek. The city was steamy, blanketed under a thick cloud while the wind would forcefully gust through the streets and ignore the buildings. We made a move and headed to the gardens.

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Off the Grid Artist Series: Banoffee

Photos by Marlee Pasinetti

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In the lead-up to Off the Grid, Finding Infinity will be introducing you to the artists from the festival each week. Telling you the stories of our conversations. Our question, that will string these stories together is: can a party transform a city?

We couldn’t think of a better place to start than with the positively-charged Banoffee. On a Spring Day down at the Fitzroy Pools, we had a chat about Off the Grid, the influence of parties and her view on Australia’s place in a transitioning world. All the while we enjoyed the weather, had a swim or two, and ate an orange. 

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Powering A Festival In All The Right Ways

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To bring people together through sound, music has always driven and implemented innovative technologies, from the headphones to stadium audio. In Melbourne, on December 22nd, Off the Grid music festival will begin the final stage of this relationship. Every sound, light and feeling will be powered by renewable energy. It is a beautiful way for us to feel the sun, to connect, not just by the rays upon your skin, but through the waves of sound. 

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