1. The video is trying to convey an artist an who is in the later years of his life reflecting on his past and how he has found happiness in his current and past way of life. He talks about how his upbringing and how the events in his life has made him who he is today, such as his father being an artist, being in Paris and meeting others like Picasso, and why he has so many art studios in his house. He has lived an eventful life and said he would live it again if given the chance, so his “nowness” or current life is a happy one and one without regrets. The video shows his house as a very relaxing and peaceful place by not adding any background music and keeping the raw audio. Habit and work are shown as something that keeps him busy and is also something that is very important to him given that his house has multiple art studios. The video does have a utopian impulse because of how he seems to be at peace with his current life and that he wants to share his hobby and life work that bring him happiness with others.
2. One way that Robinson uses elements of time is when he uses his lists and short descriptions between chapters that break up the main story and gives context to the world he is building. Most of the time they are loosely related to what is happening in the main story, but they give you time to breathe and time to disconnect yourself before he changes character perspectives or before he jumps ahead in time to push the story forward. An example of this in the book is on page 253-259 (in the pdf) where he cuts from a chapter following Kiran to a chapter following Swan by including 2 short narratives in between. One being a type of instruction book about how to create life from scratch that adds some world building, and the other being a story most likely being told from the perspective of a qube trying to blend in with people. This break lets you break away from Kiran’s story and brings you to Swan’s story while keeping you within the world that Robinson has created.