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
Céline (@krustelkram) tweeted at 3:46 AM on Mon, Aug 21, 2017:
“Utopia is not a place we will ever reach; it is a space that helps us think about where we want to go.” https://t.co/69PA9sNVI8 @theC4AA https://t.co/TWKAqOFNZO
This article explains how Thomas More’s Utopia was designed not as a plan of an ideal society, but as a prompt to stimulate the reader’s own political imagination.
Our interest in Utopia is far from naive – it is based in a serious, grounded and realistic assessment of how power works, and why change happens. We will share our theory of power with you now:
the dominant system does not dominate because most people agree with it; it dominates because we cannot imagine an alternative.
Many activists and artists operate under a different premise that the biggest problem we face is that most people do not understand The Problem
perhaps trust that energy to take care of f e & w et al
To keep people down you need to apply constant pressure.
Even if capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy are doomed, it does not really matter if we cannot imagine an alternative. We believe that the job of artistic activists is to examine the present with a critical eye, but also to imagine and create a new world, and help others do the same. To conjure up Utopia or utopias.
The grandest and best-known paradox is the title itself. ‘Utopia’ is a made-up word, created by More from the Greek words ou, meaning ‘not’, and topos, meaning ‘place’. Utopia is a place, which is literally, no-place. The power of Utopia lies in its ability to be possible and impossible, real and unreal, all at the same time.
And then he takes it away by calling the whole thing No-Place. Why? More wants us to imagine our own Utopias. The problem with most Utopias, be they prophesied by holy men, imposed by political dictators, or envisioned by scientists on the pages of Popular Mechanics, is that the Utopias they propose are presented as The Answer. All the imagining and planning is done by the enlightened few and the job of the rest of us is to get used to it.
More solves this problem by refusing to allow us to believe in the possibility of his Utopia. He takes us there – lets us see it and feel it – but then reminds us that this place is just imaginary. He does not want us to simply swap our world for his alternative, so he makes his alternative impossible for us to inhabit. But it is too late for us to go home; we have been exposed to the idea of an alternative. We have been to Utopia, and once we can imagine someplace else, then we know that the world we live in today is not the only one possible. We can imagine another world.
To catch a glimpse of a different way of living and being can free us from this prison house of the imagination.
let’s model a nother way.. so that 7 bn can leap to – instigating utopia everyday..
Oftentimes protests or socially engaged art exhibits are attended as an obligation, the political equivalent of eating spinach.
spinach or rock ness
Utopia works differently. If well constructed, Utopia is something that people are attracted to
our goal was to help create a community that would organize themselves to realize their own dreams
and to re create everyday..
As the Marxist literary critic Raymond Williams once wrote, ‘To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing’.