Journey To Nutopia

BOOOM)))>In Drone We Trust Jan 31 LIVE ONLINE

Sun 31 Jan 2021 to Sun 28 Nov 2021

Journey To Nutopia

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JOURNEY TO NUTOPIA is an open conversation about positive future narratives that refute the inevitability of global dystopia.

"The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.”  Robert Anton Wilson


Sunday January 31st 2021, 7pm LIVE ONLINE via Zoom, Tkts: £2 (includes booking fee)


Music for healing, feeling and mind-congealing...


Matthew Shaw in conversation with Harry Sword (The Quietus)

Live ambient set from Richard Norris with visuals from Bill Borez/Blue Carbon

Hosted by Michelle Olley

The transformative power of Sound is the theme for January’s Nutopia, specifically the kind of music that keys in to our timeless relationship with the repetitive beat. Writer and musician Matthew Shaw will be joining us for a conversation with Harry Sword, Quietus journalist and author of the upcoming paen to drone: Monolithic Undertow: In Search of Sonic Oblivion, published by Rought Trade Books.

About Monolithic Undertow: In Search of Sonic Oblivion:
Monolithic Undertow alights a crooked path across musical, religious and subcultural frontiers. It traces the line from ancient traditions to the modern underground, navigating archaeoacoustics, ringing feedback, chest plate sub-bass, avant-garde eccentricity, sound weaponry and fervent spiritualism. From Neolithic beginnings to bawdy medieval troubadours, Sufi mystics to Indian raga masters, cone shattering dubwise bass, Hawkwind's Ladbroke Grove to the outer reaches of Faust and Ash Ra Temple; the hash-fueled fug of The Theatre of Eternal Music to the cough syrup reverse hardcore of Melvins, seedy VHS hinterland of Electric Wizard, ritual amp worship of Earth and Sunn O))) and the many touch points in between, Monolithic Undertow explores the power of the drone - an audio carrier vessel capable of evoking womb like warmth or cavernous dread alike.

In 1977 Sniffin' Glue verbalised the musical zeitgeist with their infamous 'this is a chord; this is another; now form a band' illustration. The drone requires neither chord nor band, representing - via its infinite pliability and accessibility - the ultimate folk music: a potent audio tool of personal liberation. Immersion in hypnotic and repetitive sounds allows us to step outside of ourselves, be it chant, a 120dB beasting from Sunn O))), standing front of the system as Jah Shaka drops a fresh dub or going full headphone immersion with Hawkwind. These experiences are akin to an audio portal - a sound Tardis to silence the hum and fizz of the unceasing inner voice. The drone exists outside of us, but also - paradoxically - within us all; an aural expression of a universal hum we can only hope to fleetingly channel...

Richard Norris - Elements

Richard’s latest release fuses warm analogue synths, widescreen ambience and pulsating, subtly changing sequencers, creating a hypnotic, mesmerising work. Elements will be reimagined as a live show in 2021.

Bill Borez visuals for Richard Norris HERE

Pre-order Harry Sword's Monolithic Undertow book HERE

Matthew Shaw's music, writing and photography here:

Find us all here:

Harry Sword @harrysword

Matthew Shaw @apollolaan

Richard Norris @MrRichardNorris

Nutopia @journey2_nu

“The earth cannot move without music. The earth moves in a certain rhythm, a certain sound, a certain note. When the music stops the earth will stop and everything upon it will die.”
Sun Ra 



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GOOD VIBES - Sunday November 22nd, 7pm via ZOOM, Tkts £1

Shamanism, Reiki and Finding Your Flow with Sushma Sagar 

Music by Richard Norris

For November’s Nutopia, we took a Journey Within, exploring the healing power of chakras, the manifestations of the shaman in modern times and the magic of ‘Flow’... 

We were delighted to be joined by The Calmery clinic founder, Reiki master, shamanic healer and author, Sushma Sagar.

As a change of pace, Sushma started us off with a 20 minute guided meditation, accompanied by music from Richard Norris and followed by a live discussion and Q&A.

About Sushma’s book, FIND YOUR FLOW - published by Penguin books:

You are made of energy. Within your body are 7 important energy centres that look after and influence the health of your body and mind - the chakras.

With this short and simple expert guide, understand how the chakras can influence your everyday life.

Discover how to draw on your energy to invite the good vibes in and heal your energy field to empower yourself every day to achieve your goals.

Order yours HERE

Sign up for The Calmery/Sushma's newsletter HERE

Richard Norris - Elements

Richard’s latest release fuses warm analogue synths, widescreen ambience and pulsating, subtly changing sequencers, creating a hypnotic, mesmerising work. Elements will be reimagined as a live show in 2021.

“There is only one energy in the world - and you’re it.” Alan Watts



On Sunday 11th October 2020, Journey to Nutopia, in collaboration with Church of Burn, presented an evening of recollections, readings and tributes to anthropologist, author and activist David Graeber who passed away recently at the too-soon age of 59.

The Intergalactic Memorial Carnival for David happened throughout the day and evening of Sunday 11th October across the globe - in person and online, and our contribution to the celebration were via Zoom.
Co-hosted by Michelle Olley and Jon Harris, the event included readings and recollections from friends and admirers of David, and a special episode of Sound Bites from LSE professor Bart Cammaerts and Dave Wybrow which you can listen to in the window below. 


Watch the full celebration here: 



Read more about David in this touching tribute from those that knew him in the New York Review of Books HERE

Watch Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar’s fantastic celebration of his life - which includes clips of David and tributes from John McDonnell, Molly Crabapple, Jeremy Corbyn and more HERE

Guardian Obituary HERE

More info on the Intergalactic Memorial Carnival HERE


Bit more info on our speakers:

ERICA LAGALISSE is an anthropologist and writer, a postdoctoral research fellow at the London School of Economics, editor of Solidarity and Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic at The Sociological Review, and author of Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (2019).

JOSHUA RAMEY, PHD is a writer, educator, and shamanic practitioner based in Philadelphia. He is the author of The Hermetic Deleuze:  Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal and Politics of Divination:  Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency. He is currently devoting his time and energy to writing in and teaching for counter-institutional initiatives like Incite Seminars. Find out more here:

MAX HAIVEN is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).
He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014), Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018) and his latest Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (2020).

BRETT SCOTT is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, a journalist and financial hacker exploring the intersections between money systems, finance and digital technology. He has a major new book forthcoming with Bodley Head (PenguinRandomhouse) and Ecco (HarperCollins) on cash.

He’s produced reports for institutions like UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) and UNPRI (UN Principles for Responsible Investment) on blockchain technology, has provided input into UNEP and UN­OCHA reports on sustainable finance and fintech, and presented on financial inclusion at EU Parliament, EU Commission and IMF events. He’s written for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, Huffington Post, Wired Magazine and, and appeared in a wide range of TV shows, radio broadcasts and documentaries, including BBC World News and Sky News. Brett holds a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in International Development (Cambridge UK). He is the winner of the 2016/2017 Ethics and Trust in Finance Global Prize.

DANIEL EDELSTN & HILARY POWELL  are the co-founders of Bank Job Pictures, an art project which sold bonds in order to buy up distressed debt which was then written-off in spectacular fashion by blowing up a van in the shadow of the towers of London’s financial centre, Canary Wharf. This project has been acclaimed around the world. Dan Edelstyn is an experienced film director and producer with multiple commissions for C4. He is also a musician releasing as The Orchestra of Cardboard. Hilary Powell’s work ranges from audio visual epics supported by Acme, Henry Moore Foundation and ROH to printworks collected by V&A and MoMA NY.

JON HARRIS is the author of The Money Burner’s Manual and editor of Burning Issue magazine. From Jon’s blog: “From 2007 I've done an annual ritual money burning. In 2008, I wrote about it. Every 23rd October I burn some cash. I understand this seems like an odd thing to do. But it's been great for me.The ritual now has a meaningful place in my year, a bit like a birthday or Christmas. I see it as a sacrifice; specifically a sacrifice of my custodianship of Money's power. I've described the ritual as the ultimate act of forgiveness.”

DAISY CAMPBELL is a writer and director best known for her production of Cosmic Trigger (2014 & 2017), staged at The Cockpit Theare, London. In 2018 she wrote and starred in a one-woman show Pigspurt's Daughter which played at Hampstead Theatre before touring. In 2019 she directed The KLF's comeback event in Liverpool, 'Welcome to the Dark Ages'. She also notably directed the world's longest play, The Warp, and translated Macbeth into Pidgin English for a West End run. She has also been teaching prisoners to write for radio in Leicester prison since 2016. She has an MA in Producing and an MA in Transpersonal Psychology, and worked with story structure guru Robert McKee 2015-2018, having been his youngest ever seminar attendee at the age of 11!

Claudia is 40 years a theatre maker extraordinaire and lover of origin stories. She was a founder member of Beryl and the Perils – Fast Furious Feminist Fun in the 70’s/80’s. Warped seriously first time around, ICA / Edinburgh at the Regency Cinema. 79-80 with Ken Campbell; Warped again second generation with Ken and Daisy Eris Campbell. Actor/Managed that beast for 2 years at the Drome 1999-2001 – as an essential Mindfuck Operation!
In between Warps: among many other things, in lieu of a theatre PHD, she played Winnie in Sam Beckett’s Happy Days and toured herself around the world. – “As Winnie you can pick up a Willie `anywhere, after all he only has 5 lines!” – She performed it in Nepal, On the beach in Bali, In The Outback, at BIosphere 2 in Arizona, NYC and finally at a proper Beckett Festival in Holland with the Incredible Orlando, blind Jack Birkett, playing Willie. She co-produced and starred in both runs of Cosmic Trigger.


MAYBE LOGIC 2020 Sunday
 27 September, 7pm

Navigating Conspiracism, the Wilderness of Mirrors and Chapel Perilous with High Weirdness author Erik Davis and guest poets Verity Spott and Dolly Rae Starcore.

As the pandemic adds another ingredient to the current stew of economic, ecological and ontological anxieties and paranoias, we were joined by High Weirdness author and counter-public intellectual, Erik Davis, to talk about:
  • Conspiracy theory's role in the current consensus reality crisis - as discussed in his article The 'Wilderness of Mirrors' (read it HERE)
  • Chapel Perilous 2020 (if you know you know and if you don’t know - come find out)
  • What we can take from the toolbox of 20th century writers/seekers/’madmen’ like Terence McKenna, Philip K Dick and Robert Anton Wilson to help us navigate the digitally disrupted uncanny valleys of the now.
We were to also be joined by a double bill of spoken word/poetry c/o 21st century writers/seekers/visionaries: Verity Spott and Dolly Rae Starcore.
Verity Spott’s poetry books include Gideon, We Will Bury You, Click Away Close Door Say, and Hopelessness, as well as a book of Sappho translations. Verity co-runs poetic knees up "Horseplay" (now in its 15th year), sometimes plays music and even more sometimes makes theatre. Writings can be found HERE
Dolly Rae Starcore has been Dolly Turing and works in poetry, sound, play, magic, transcendence. They have been published by Datableed, Hesterglock, The Winter Olympiks, Litmus and Ignota. A poem of theirs was once described as “a bold anthem” in The New Statesman (wtf). Their book Play Stance comes out on Polyversity Press later this year. See Dolly’s work at  Outsideinroads and on Bandcamp

Links for Erik Davis:
Erik’s latest book, High Weirdness on strangeattractor.couk
For recent articles/thoughts subscribe to his Substack stream
Listen to his podcasts/archive on
Plus, Journey to Nutopia’s Richard Norris has been busy/out of the picture for a bit working on the new album Elements, which is out now. ‘Tis a thing of beauty: Have a listen on Bandcamp.




GREEN SHOOTS Friday 14 August, 7pm

Centring the Climate Crisis to Build Back Better -  with Jamie Kelsey & Claudia Egypt

If we don’t slash the carbon emissions in the next five years we’re going extinct. Just Sayin’.

The anthropocene will not be reversed by the Bag for Life scheme. 71% of CO2 emissions from the past 30 years come from 100 petro-chemical companies. Fossil fuels are literally killing us.

How do we turn this tiny pause in business as usual into something more… evolved? It’s not like we don’t have the science - or the will at an individual level. But to move to a more sustainable future, collective action - activism - is clearly still, urgently needed. What does that mean in August 2020, with a global recession already building a head of carbon-fuelled steam? Well, Extinction Rebellion will be back, September, 1st to peacefully blockade parliament/s until their demands are met - and we are thrilled to be joined by one the key figures in the movement ahead of their next big push.

Jamie Kelsey is a champion for positive change with tales from the frontline aplenty. He has been involved in climate activism for twenty five years, flowing from the free festival Stonehenge movement in the 80s into the reclaim the streets movement, the anti globalisation movement that culminated in J18 (aka the Carnival Against Capital) in the U.K. and the fin de siècle Battle of Seattle in California. Jamie was part of the Climate Camp movement from Kingsnorth onwards, helped start Reclaim The Power and founded Talk Fracking with Vivienne Westwood. He’s been one of the founding figures in Extinction Rebellion since its declaration on Oct 31st 2018 and is currently working on Citizens’ Assemblies on the climate emergency. He is contributing editor for New Internationalist and helps run a thriving community democracy group. His tarot card has always been the Fool. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieKelseyFry

Plus, we have the incandescent Claudia Egypt with a rainforest-inspired poem.

“Once we start to act, hope is everywhere” Greta Thunberg

'We Want To Live!' - The Rebellion returns to Parliament on 1 September amidst warnings of a 4°C world



SOUL MINING Friday 10 July, 7pm

For our July event, host Michelle Olley was joined by spiritual adept and digital sage, Vinay Gupta.

 Vice Magazine described Vinay in 2015 as ‘The Man Whose Job It Is to Constantly Imagine the Total Collapse of Humanity in Order to Save It’.

 Ultraculture’s Jason Louv described him as ‘Hindu tantric, Bucky Fuller-style engineer and blockchain evangelist’

When the 'rona arrived, it was Mattereum CEO Vinay Gupta’s Twitter threads we hit up first. Not only for a bigger picture reading, but for the baseline, practical, what-to-do-now of the societal breakdown, bog roll wars of the situation.

As we move into the ‘end’ of the UK’s first wave of the corona crisis, with restrictions and financial support receding, how can we build something new without bringing with us the obsolete, self-serving baggage of the 20th century? Or the 18th, for that matter?

Vinay Gupta’s recent essay Cutting Through Spiritual Colonialism is a khanda blade through a ton of that baggage. We will get into the rags and the riches of that essay and suppose around some ways forward that don't suck.

Vinay has never been afraid to grasp the nettle - but he also knows where to find the burdock…

Plus, tending to our wounds and lifting our spirits with Spoken Words of wonder we have Festival 23 co-founder Tim Holmes, AKA poet Buddhist Punk.




With the lockdown starting to ease, we are entering a new, liminal phase between the old and the new ‘normal’. Are we ready, to paraphrase Ghandi - to be the change - above and beyond the claps and rainbows?

To discuss where we’re at, how we got here and where we could be going, Nutopia host Michelle Olley was joined by cognitive historian and author, John Higgs and poet and author, Salena Godden.

As well as bringing a fresh perspective to the past/collective memory, John Higgs has a history of exploring possible futures. He’s also the man who coined the phrase Pessimism is for Lightweights. Salena Godden took that phrase and turned it into an inspirational poem, inspiring us, in part, to begin the Nutopian project.

To see more of Salena’s work, check out her latest EP, released earlier this month HERE. All proceeds to NHS Charities supplying PPE and mental health support for key workers.


SHADOWS OF TOMORROW Thursday 14 May, 2020

Many possible futures that were unimaginable in December now lie before us. What comes next? What do we want to keep and what do we want to discard from the ‘old normal’? And how much agency will we have in those shifts?

To discuss some possible outcomes good, bad and unpredictable, Nutopia host Michelle Olley was joined by futurist and cultural strategist Adah Parris and author and LSE Politics and Communication professor Baart Cammaerts.

Conversation + Q&A.Plus, poetry from The Wonderists, featuring Moksha & Tommy Calderbank.

“Chaos” - as the salty Game of Thrones character Little Finger famously said - “is a ladder.”




Full price: £2