The Rotary Un-Smartphone Kit

“Why a rotary cellphone? Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile, while also giving me an excuse for not texting. 

The point isn’t to be anachronistic. It’s to show that it’s possible to have a perfectly usable phone that goes as far from having a touchscreen as I can imagine, and which in some ways may actually be more functional.” 

-Justine Haupt, “Rotary Cellphone.” justine-haupt.com. February 10, 2020.

The kit is now available for pre-order.

Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future

“Solarpunk is about ‘ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community’ — the last of which is of particular interest — and rightly sees ‘infrastructure as a form of resistance.’

Politically, the stories vary, but they always feature a progressive focus on race, gender, and equality of all kinds: many revolve around themes of difference, recognition, and acceptance. Non-normativity is often raised to the level of heroism by imagining a world that facilitates the accentuation of one’s abilities precisely because of their difference. In Solarpunk, there is a place for everyone (except perhaps the occasional douchy white dude whose fate it is, in today’s cultural spectrum, to stand for all the problems that the genre strives to overcome).”

—Rhys Williams. “Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future.” LARB. March 10, 2018.

Probably as much of a summary of identity politics as it is of Solarpunk.

Also, if interested, there’s a reference guide to Solarpunk.