Finding Infinity: A Musical Pathway to an Infinite Future
Finding Infinity is the brains behind the Summer Solstice party Off the Grid, a solar-powered, zero waste party 'dedicated to the cities we live in'. We trotted down to their HQ in Abbottsford to learn more about the festival, Finding Infinity and a renewable future of infinite resources.
‘Finding Infinity’ is searching for pathways to a sustainable future, a future where the perpetually evolving, devastatingly ravenous metropolis’ can be sustained by the limited resources our planet has gifted us - it is finding a tangible future. As the ‘∞’ symbol suggests through an interlocked figure 8, the pathway to an infinite future is through renewable energy, through the recycled and renewed power. Finding Infinity’s method is a simple one - to fast-track the arrival of an inevitable, ‘infinite’ future by challenging an entrenched perception of what is possible, and what can be achieved with the technology available, technology, that is in seemingly perennial improvement. For scale, in 2002 it was estimated the world would produce 50GW of solar by 2027. It's now at 800GW and climbing for 2027, and in our own backyard, we’ve recently seen Tesla founder Elon Musk deliver on his audacious ‘100 days or its free promise’ with the switch being flicked on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.
For Finding Infinity, the barrier and solution, the problem and the answer are the same entity. People.
In challenging people, the primary source of environmental aggravation and conservation to view the world differently Finding Infinity is empowering people to overcome the barrier between the world now and an infinite future, to find ‘infinity’ for themselves, and in turn for the world. One of the largest barriers for people to overcome is a social one, an entrenched perception that a sustainable life is a large, vexatious compromise. To show what can be achieved with renewables and to prove a switch towards a more sustainable existence is not a drastic lifestyle change is at the forefront of Finding Infinities attention.
Off the Grid is a solar powered, zero waste party held on the Summer Solstice in Melbourne. It is a “cultural intervention” using creative means to encourage people to rethink the ways cities can work. Based on the insight that people learn from experiences, Off the Grid is a showcase of the alternative methods of powering a modern life. Not only is the power for the day sourced from the sun, but the food is cooked with bio-diesel cookers and ice machines are run on renewables, Off the Grid is a firsthand experience that life can be thoroughly enjoyed without joining a restrictive cult of sustainability - ‘the proof is in the party’. Having begun by a solar-powered techno party in London, Finding Infinity has run projects in the UK, Mexico and now, in Melbourne. With a vision to establish solar parties in 10 different cities across the globe Off the Grid operates under a social business model. 100% of the profits from the Off the Grid party are reinvested into a solar project of which Finding Infinity maintains ownership, more investment equals more parties and more parties creates a larger investment and a snowball effect is generated creating renewable energy infrastructure for the city of Melbourne.
At a glance, the concept of a ‘solar powered, zero waste party’ seems complex, but in reality, with planning and a little extra effort the aforementioned is easily achieved.
The planning behind the scenes for a zero waste simple can be distilled simply to - ‘make it impossible for someone to generate waste’. When you arrive you're searched for waste, not booze. All the cups are re-usable and operate under a deposit micro-economy scheme and all the plates and utensils are organic - once the process to a sustainable party is shown, it appears so obvious. Off the Grid is a experience based learning exercise, where renewable solutions are showcased, but perhaps more than this, it's a party. With an emphasis on providing information, rather than jamming it down your throat Off the Grid highlights that a shift towards an infinite future is closer than we think and encourages us all to hasten its progress.