Poet uses six case studies to explore the wide-eyed dreams of social dropouts and alternative visionaries, commune-hopping between Molotov-blitzed Copenhagen, an outback Australian micro-state and Sealand, a floating defence port with its own currency and passport stamps. Even more amusing than self-proclaimed princes evading tax are the tree-dwelling Damanhurians or the oiledup orgies of ZEGG, a “golden years” sexual awakening camp just beyond Potsdam. Poet’s foray into these variations on utopian fantasy is marred by patchy technical execution and an insistence on neutrality but entertains nonetheless.
Empire Me: Der Staat bin ich! | Directed by Paul Poet (Germany 2011), documentary, music Alexander Hacke. Starts January 19