Offline is The New Luxury
Digital networks are forever expanding. Places without cell phone reception or a Wi-Fi connection are increasingly hard to find. If tech companies have their way, the remaining 'white spots' on the digital map will soon disappear, leaving no place on earth unconnected. But what is happening off the grid?
White Spots is a collaborative multimedia project by documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, visual artist Jacqueline Hassink, and information designer Richard Vijgen. Working in various media, they travel beyond the frontiers of the networked world to explore unwired landscapes, communities and lifestyles, questioning the need to be constantly plugged into a single, seamless planetary tech-topia. Will offline become the new luxury?
This television documentary takes viewers on a tour of the offline world and includes interviews with internet critic Evgeny Morozov, psychologist Sherry Turkle (MIT), Amish minister Norman Yoder (Shipshewana, Indiana), poet and writer Aram Pachyan (Armenia), and Minister of Telecommunications Harin Fernando of Sri Lanka. The documentary is directed by Bregtje van der Haak and produced by VPRO Backlight. It comes with the free White Spots App (for android and iPhone, design Richard Vijgen).