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Utopia-General Social Structure

People live in small communities, aka. units, and live in self consistency status. The population of each communities follows the Dunbar Number. There is no authorities or hierarchies, residents are equal to each other and can win respect as long as not hurting others and are working for a better future for their communities. Respecting, caring and empathy are responsibilities for everyone and is common in the daily interpersonal scene.

做一个有温度的社区,有邻就有了生活服务的天然入口- 江阴帮
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Eco, Human and Nature

https://home.cabinturf.com/2020/11/snow-globe-utopia-general-social-structure/The world also has a eco rule structure, Wastes and shortages are neither easy to be witnessed here. Because of the disaster in the past(background),people respect the nature, and has a management regulation for the access and balance for the nature resources. Because of the small community living mode, there’s no industry or capital activities in large scale, people are following an eco path which is like EcoSphere.

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Snow globe – general backgroud

People here live by themselves, exist within a self-contained capsule of natural resources and humanity, separated from the outside world. There is no hierarchy and authority in the community and society, people regard knowledge as the most important thing, and as the currency of transaction. 

RetroFuturism: For the fantastic, delusional dreams of our past.

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Details of Social Structures

Biological parents are not important in this community. All children must be taken care of by the rest of the citizens regardless of their blood closeness.

Children don’t have an assigned gender by birth. All names are considered neutral.

Households are not necessarily composed by couples and offspring but can hold several people. Polyamory is the most common way for household formations.

Important decisions and emotional problems are approached in weekly meetings. Moderators are brought from other Bubble Communities to have neutral insights and help solving issues.

Visits from other planets are accepted but only during certain periods of time. If someone wants to stay forever and was raised in other systems they must have a test time, and must be accepted by the vast majority of the adoptive Bubble.

Every household is responsible of generating the least waste possible.

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Snow Globe

Photo by DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images.

Yet despite their ubiquity, most of us don’t know where snow globes come from. Indeed, the early years are rather fuzzy—but it is clear that the snow globe traces back to Europe near the end of the 19th century.

The oldest known description of a snow globe–like object comes from an 1880 U.S. Commissioners report on the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition, where a local glassware company showcased a group of “paper weights of hollow balls filled with water, containing a man with an umbrella.” The objects also contained white powder that fell “in imitation of a snow storm” when turned upside down. Such glass-domed paperweights were popular in the late 1800s, but this appears to be the first to include such a playful feature—and it seems to have been the world’s first snow globe.

However, it was an Austrian man named Erwin Perzy who is widely considered to be its proper “inventor,” albeit accidentally. In 1900, while living outside Vienna, where he ran a medical instrument–supply business, Perzy was asked by a local surgeon to improve upon Thomas Edison’s then-new lightbulb, which the surgeon wanted made brighter for his operating room. Drawing upon a method used by shoemakers to make quasi-“spotlights,” Perzy placed a water-filled glass globe in front of a candle, which increased the light’s magnification, and sprinkled tiny bits of reflective glitter into the globe to help brighten it.

But the glitter sank too quickly, so Perzy tried semolina flakes (commonly found in baby food) instead. They didn’t quite work, either, but the appearance of the small, white particles drifting around the globe reminded Perzy of snowfall—and he quickly filed the first official patent for a snow globe, or Schneekugel. By 1905, he was churning out dozens of handmade snow globes—often featuring small church figurines made from pewter—through his company, Firm Perzy. They became so popular among well-to-do Austrians that in 1908, Perzy was officially honored for his treasured item by Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Indeed, the snow globe appeared at a time when upper-middle-class families, newly wealthy following the Industrial Revolution, began collecting intricate, artistic objects and displaying them in their homes. Though it’s unclear exactly how much these early globes cost, they were expensive due to the amount of time necessary to paint, mold, and assemble them. After World War I concluded in 1918, a boost in tourism led to greater demand for eye-catching souvenirs—especially snow globes.

Gradually, news of the whimsical trinket reached America. In 1927, a man from Pittsburgh named Joseph Garaja applied for the first snow globe patent there, and with it, he introduced a radical new method: underwater assembly. This ensured that each globe would be fully filled with liquid and saved a significant amount of time and money—transforming the snow globe from an expensive indulgence into the affordable commodity we know today.

By the middle of the century, snow globes had become an American phenomenon. Brands employed them for advertising, and they were even used to promote civilian morale during World War II, with tiny soldiers becoming common additions. Innovations in plastic production and injection-molding during the 1950s further improved the snow globe—pricey particles used for the “snow” were replaced with cheap plastic “flitter,” while glycol mixed with water helped it fall more slowly. The product could be found in gift shops across the country, becoming a highly sought-after souvenir during the post-war tourism boom; Walt Disney’s earliest-known snow globe, one with a miniature Bambi, dates to 1959.

And despite—or, perhaps, because of—their penchant to be viewed as “kitschy” and “low-brow,” snow globes have recently crossed into the realms of fine art and design. Since the mid-2000s, Brooklyn-based duoLigorano/Reese have been turning the traditionally child-friendly object on its head with snow globes that replace Santa Claus figurines with cuss words, drug references, and the seven deadly sins. (Ligorano/Reese have also made “History of Art” globes that feature the names of 20 influential art movements, such as Surrealism and Fluxus.)

Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz similarly subvert the snow globe’s inherently jolly nature in their work. In their globes, which have been exhibited at P.P.O.W and Art Basel in Miami Beach, mini-humans live, work, and try to entertain themselves within solitary landscapes dominated by snow and eerie, leafless trees. The result is a striking dichotomy between expectation and surreality: In Traveler 264 (2009), a Louise Bourgeois –esque spider descends upon a man lying in the snow, while in Traveler 293 (2012), a blonde woman is shown bearing the weight of an entire tilted-over house upon her back.

“Rather than discard the typical hallmark winter fantasy scene that snow globes present, we saw the opportunity to infiltrate it and transform it with disquieting elements,” Martin and Muñoz told Artsy via email. But within the confines of the globe, “our darkest fears and anxieties…[are] reduced to miniature, safely encapsulated.”

Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, ‘Wide Open Waiting’, 2005-2007
Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, ‘Traveler IX at Night; and Traveler CLXVI’, 2002-05

Biography

Collaborative duo Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz create detailed photographs of miniature snowbound environments. To make these wintry scenes, Martin builds clay figures and arranges them within snow globes, which Muñoz then photographs and meticulously stitches together digitally. Though tiny, the landscapes take on a monumental quality when presented as photographic prints, and their variously playful and sinister situations reveal a hidden darkness of the countryside. These works—and their subtext—were inspired by the pair’s move from New York City to the country. “Eventually the woods and the countryside weren’t as inviting and pleasant as we’d imagined them,” Martin has said. “We discovered a lot of things we found disturbing…hearing gunshots in the forest, having seen bears, almost stepping on a snake in the forest.”

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SNOW GLOBE IS THE BEST

Just here sharing some researches I’ve got about snow globes.

Trailer video from Queen of Snow Globes, briefly presenting the process of how a tiny world inside crystal ball is produced: Snow Globe Queen:

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For instance, snow is often used to depict a life-changing situation. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. the effect reminded him of snowfall and it’s said that by this he got the idea for a snow globe. Susie is “trapped,” though—she is compelled not to commit to her role in the afterlife, but instead to continue, at all hours, looking down on those she has left behind. An added benefit was that glycerin and glycol slowed the descent of the snow. Susie’s father reassured her that the penguin was fine and in fact happy—he was “trapped in a perfect world.” Susie, who narrates the story of her murder and the years which follow it, lives in her own heaven—a place tailor-made to her preferences, where her dreams of going to Fairfax High School, owning multiple dogs, and spending her nights singing and playing music are all fulfilled. Snow glo… Clear Jars . Eyebrow Tweezers . “Rosebud” is thelast word Kane utters, which not only emphasizes how alone Kaneis but also suggests Kane’s inability to relate to people on anadult level.

water is one unified entity. At the end of the 19th century the Austrian Erwin Perzy, a producer of surgical instruments, invented the so-called Schneekugel (snow globe) and got the first patent for it. Snow globes have appeared in a number of film scenes, the most famous of which is the opening of the 1941 classic Citizen Kane. Susie is all alone in a “perfect world,” just like the penguin she played with as a child.

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Snow Globe from different perspectives

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David Bowie: Space Oddity

This is major Tom to ground control, I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
Here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do

Earth is in some ways little more than an oversized snow globe. We all exist within a self-contained capsule of nature and humanity.

Carl Sagan: COSMOS

“Finally, at the end of all our wanderings, we return to our tiny, fragile, blue-white world, lost in a cosmic ocean vast beyond our most courageous imaginings. It is a world among an immensity of others. It may be significant only for us. The Earth is our home, our parent. Our kind of life arose and evolved here. The human species is coming of age here. It is on this world that we developed our passion for exploring the Cosmos, and it is here that we are, in some pain and with no guarantees, working out our destiny.

Welcome to the planet Earth – a place of blue nitrogen skies, oceans of liquid water, cool forests and soft meadows, a world positively rippling with life. In the cosmic perspective it is, as I have said, poignantly beautiful and rare; but it is also, for the moment, unique. In all our journeying through space and time, it is, so far, the only world on which we know with certainty that the matter of the Cosmos has become alive and aware. There must be many such worlds scattered through space, but our search for them begins here, with the accumulated wisdom of the men and women of our species, garnered at great cost over a million years. We are privileged to live among brilliant and passionately inquisitive people, and in a time when the search for knowledge is generally prized. Human beings, born ultimately of the stars and now for a while inhabiting a world called Earth, have begun their long voyage home.”

Exhibiton: Utopias as far as the eye can see by Stefanie Jones

https://www.museumdermoderne.at/en/blog/detail/translate-to-english-2412020-utopien-soweit-das-auge-reicht/

“Separated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and in the safe cosmos of the snow globe, you can take a seat at the desk in the middle of the globe. There is an old typewriter and a stack of paper on the table waiting for you; the previous visitor also left his / her utopia for you to read on the sheet drawn in the typewriter. But since this does not have to correspond with your personal utopia, you are asked to take the piece of paper out of the typewriter, crumple it up and throw it in the trash next to you, which is already overflowing with discarded utopias. Then you put a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter and start typing – after all, you too want to share your utopian thoughts with your fellow human beings …”