Together, we work at a small research studio aboard a sailboat, called Hundred Rabbits, where we do experiments in resilience and self-reliance using low-tech solutions. The ways in which we spend our time vary wildly from day to day, but we focus on experimental research. Our interests include alternative ways to store power and minimum viable solutions for technological tooling.
In 2012, we moved to Japan. Rekka was working in an animation studio, and Devine, in a company that makes language learning tools. On weekends and evenings, we worked on our first two games: Hiversaires and Oquonie (the latter was completed in Thailand).
After we returned to Canada in 2014, we decided that we wanted to keep moving, and so we looked at our options. Moving to a new country meant selling all we had, we'd done this countless times already, but we thought it wasteful. We then heard of people living on sailboats. We watched videos by David Wellsford, Teresa Carey and Nike Steiger, and became obssessed with the idea. Lack of experience aside, we thought that traveling was a good catalyst for learning new languages, for developing an interest in foreign cultures and ultimately for building empathy, curiosity, and creativity, traits that we will need to foster, as a species, if we want to survive the years to come.
In January 2016, we left the cold of Montreal and moved west to British Columbia. There, we purchased Pino — keep in mind, we were a pair of city kids with limited outdoor experience, neither of us had ever stepped onto a sailboat before. That, did not deter us. We learned on the go, reading books and asking questions to other sailors on the docks.
Our curiosity then led us to make our first trip out to sea, which escalated into a circumnagivation of the Pacific Ocean.
We learned many things in the last 4 years, on working and living off-grid:
Open-source software is the way to go
Work according to the available resources.
Learn to repair.
"A man is wealthy in proportion to the things he can do without."
Nature is everything.
"A man misses something by not establishing a participative and living relationship with the non-human world of animals and plants, landscapes and stars and seasons. By failing to be, vicariously, the not-self, he fails to be completely himself."
Our goal, is to:
A nomadic life, we think is a way to inject some impermanence into our lives. To read more about our design philosophy, read our mission statement.
"We're Solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair."
We are people who cherish both nature and progress, the individual and the community.
We believe in a world that is green, colourful, and bright. It can be described as a literary genre, an aesthetic, or a movement. The key points are:
We, humans, are destroying the world because we are, in a very literal and deliberate way, at war with it. We need more than to be made to feel stupid and guilty. We need more than a vision of doom. We need a vision of the world and of ourselves that inspires us.
Solarpunk is the opposite of cyberpunk's nihilism, offering “ingenuity, positive creation, independence, and community.”