below found from following Rob’s twitter flow.. starting with this nugget:
where he’s gathered/gathering similar ..
Olafur Eliasson in 2010:
“For me, utopia is linked to the now, the moment between one second and the next. It constitutes a possibility that is actualized and converted into reality, an opening where concepts like subject and object, inside and outside, proximity and distance are tossed into the air and redefined. Our sense of orientation is challenged and the coordinates of our spaces, collective and personal, have to be renegotiated. Changeability and mobility are at the core of utopia.“
putting the criticism and blowing off ness of utopia into perspective..
at ted2013 Lawrence about 10 min in… starts talking about skepticism and hopelessness:
10 min in –
this is what love means – the odds be damned
a republic dependent upon the people alone
14 min in – i get the skepticism.. but i don’t buy it. this is solvable.. by being citizens
15 min in – even if you think this is impossible...
imagine a dr telling me that my 6 yr old son has terminal brain cancer & there’s nothing we can do. would i do nothing..? of course not… i would do everything i could, because this is what love means. you do whatever you can.. the odds be damned. impossible is irrelevant.
Utopia is a combination of three greek words; Eu (good), Ou (not), and Topos (place). Utopia translated is “good not place”. It is important to remember, as a “not place,” it is impossible to arrive at utopia. The reason we imagine utopias is to provide a point on the compass that orients us on our travels. Without utopia, we’re lost – we are traveling without direction, guessing and hoping that we are moving forward. The purpose of utopia is not a destination, it is to give us direction so we can progress.
ginormous small ness
having the bravery to change your mind (ie: reask – what is democracy, what is utopia, what matters) – every day.
more on utopia ness:
A utopia /juːˈtoʊpiə/ is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities. The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in fiction. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.
The word utopia was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The word comes from the Greek: οὐ (“not”) and τόπος (“place”) and means “no place”. The English homophone eutopia, derived from the Greek εὖ (“good” or “well”) andτόπος (“place”), means “good place”. This, because of the identical pronunciation of “utopia” and “eutopia”, gives rise to a double meaning.
eudaimonia as utopia
perhaps a reason we think the concept (of a utopian society) is so impossible.. is because we’ve never played the game with everyone. perhaps that’s the only way it will work..
Michel’s interview – answer to #2 is about utopia:
instigating utopia (aka: rat park) everyday.. via chasing the scream – Johann Hari
A quote from Utopia, the novel for adults that I’m working on http://t.co/WlkLzTkpNe //cc @davidgraeber
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/588731722705010688
a map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing.. – oscar wilde