Utopian Pulse

Utopian Pulse : Flares in the Darkroom

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The politics of Utopia have already produced a rich and varied literature - St. Simon, Buber, Bloch, and many others. Utopian Pulse explores this tradition from the perspective of art practice and asks how we can engage with and contribute to it. This book will be published alongside an exhibition of the same name and will include artwork from the exhibition itself.

The work's contributors invoke Utopia as an always incomplete alternative and a recognition of something missing, which opens up the possibility of asserting something which is not yet but will be. International artistic researchers, artists and artist-curators contribute different modes of engagement which they are already constituting through their own practice. More than just a theoretical treatise, this book is an overview of a series of works and projects that are brought to life and which the book seeks to document.

This book will serve not only as a contribution to the existing literature on Utopia and Utopian politics, but also as an inspiration to artists seeking to realise these ideas through their work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 230 x 13.97mm | 712.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335969
  • 9780745335964
  • 1,471,488

Table of contents

1. Preface - Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler

2. Fluchthilfe & Du - Katarzyna Winiecka

3. Driven into Conflict - Utopia by Antke Engel

4. Unthinking Utopia - Borderlessness as Method / Salon Fluchthilfe - Zanny Begg

5. The World is Flooding - Oreet Ashery

6. Out of the Salon - Female counter-spaces, anti-colonial struggles and transversal politics. - Sophie Schasiepen

7. Happiness of the Public / Salon Public Happiness - Christoph Schafer

8. Please Take Generously by Wealth of Negations

9. Self-Insufficiency by Matthew Hyland

10. Salon Orrizonti Occupati / Occupied Horizons - Bert Theis

11. Known Nowheres: Some Short Thoughts on Going Beyond - Marina Vishmidt

12. General Strike - Nobodycorp Internationale Unlimited

13. A Preview of the Future. Workers' Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis - Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler

14. Salons, the Utopian Salon and Substantial Shops - Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann

15. B.A.N.G. - Etcetera


17. Salon-e-Girdbad - Mariam Ghani

18. Taksim Square, June 2013 - Halil Altindere

19. Queering utopia in the darkroom - Fernanda Nogueira

20. Wittgenstein and the Gypsies / Cuartos de Utopia - Pedro G. Romero / Maquina P.H.

21. El Espacio del Inmigrante - Daniela Ortiz

22. Salon de Belleza - Miguel A. Lopez

23. A Mask is Always Active - Ines Doujak and John Barker

24. Salon KLIMBIM

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'In the current, often exhausting debates on the merits of artistic research, this book is like a breath of fresh air, showing how artistic practices and thinking about curating and public programming can unlock a utopian impulse in the tired format of the exhibition, and contribute to new understandings of the political itself' -- Simon Sheikh, Programme Director of MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London. 'A much-needed contribution to alternative forms of life imagined at the creative intersection of cultural, artistic, and political thought. Ressler and Doujak offer luminescent hope in a cynical and toxic atmosphere of capitalist realism' -- T.J. Demos, Professor in Visual Culture, and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California, Santa Cruz 'Escaping what feels like the inevitable end of the planet requires a certain kind of leap of the imagination. This book features the voices of many of today's amazing artists - not the desultory market-driven ones, but those that represent a thoughtful world-concerned vast multitude - whose work points toward a much-needed horizon of possibility' -- Nato Thompson, chief curator Creative Time 'A politically important book for anyone living on planet earth to read' -- Marge Piercy, feminist utopian writer
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About Ines Doujak

Ines Doujak is a feminist artist whose work has been widely exhibited, including at the Biennial in Sao Paulo (2014) and the documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). She is the co-author of Utopian Pulse (Pluto, 2015). Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. His work has been exhibited across the world including at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul and the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt. He is the editor of It's the Political Economy, Stupid (Pluto, 2013) and the author of Utopian Pulse (Pluto, 2015).
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