The Net Around Us
30 August 2012
About ten years ago, Ton Matton stumbled upon a deserted schoolhouse in Wendorf, Germany, close to the Baltic coast, and quickly repurposed it as his “Werkstatt Wendorf,” a place for experiments and unbounded thinking. A Dutch-born urban planner by trade, Ton moved to the countryside to break free from an everyday grind designing suburbs and performing uninspiring jobs. He now seeks inspiration from neighbors that are completely different than him, explores the area’s Communist past, and lives a life predicated on the rhythms of nature. In the individualist mold of Henry David Thoreau, Ton questions social conventions and works out inventive solutions for new ways of living. “Am I an urbanist? Am I an architect? Am I an artist?” he asks. “I don’t know [and] it doesn’t matter anyhow.” Ton provides insight into a life few are willing to commit to, and demonstrates the possibility of creating an alternative economy based on utility, creativity, and respect for people and the planet.
Learn more about Ton Matton HERE.
Editorial Lead by Romy Uebel / Produced and Directed by Justyna Grzybowska / Camera by Carsten Lehmann / Production Assistance by Sebastian Bührig / Editing by Konterfei / Music by Bunnystripes