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Film Premiere: Free Lunch Society – Come Basic Income
February 1 ,8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
What would you do if your income were taken care of?
Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before – intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.
Tod’s desire to express his interpretation and understanding of the world through his knowledge and ideas seemed to date back to his ‘first tender buds of youthful rebellion’ with mentions of Nirvana’s album, Nevermind, as well as (and perhaps more unusually) Star Trek: The Next Generation. The influence of such is clear as he reminisces about one particular moment:
A cryogenically frozen banker from the late 20th century is unthawed on board the Enterprise and learns that there is no such thing as money in the 24th century.
Bewildered he asks Captain Picard: “What will I do? How will I live?”
Picard: “This is the 24th century; material needs no longer exist”.
The Banker: “Then what’s the challenge?”
Picard: “The challenge, Mr Offenhouse, is to improve yourself, to enrich yourself. Enjoy it!”
Tod explains his method toward working, becoming an economist, remarking that now he had “the tools” to investigate the economics in the far-flung 24th century (a la Star Trek): “How does an economic system in which work is separated from income function?”
Tod continued his studies, working through a diploma thesis on “unconditional basic income”, which he developed a deeper relationship with during his doctoral program.
If not for his personal love and passion in wanting to create films he admits that “I would work at the national bank, get 18 months of salary and further develop elegant yet unrealistic mathematical models”.
It was during this time in his studies that his first film Fatsy was shot, and closely followed by his feature (Es muss was geben), which also happen to feature performances by the as-yet-unknown American band Nirvana, playing in a youth club in Linz.
This lead towards the conception of Free Lunch Society, as Tod would “find a language that synthesized my various influences: punk, science and science fiction”.
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