Synopses & Reviews
The politics of utopia have produced a rich and varied literature, including the work of St. Simon, Martin Buber, Ernst Bloch, among many others. Utopian Pulse
explores this tradition from the perspective of art practice and asks how art can engage with and contribute to utopian ideas. This book will be published alongside an exhibition of the same name and will include artwork from the exhibition itself.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The contributors to Utopian Pulse invoke utopia as an alternative to the status quo, a recognition of something missing that opens up many imaginative possibilities. International artistic researchers, artists, and artists-curators contribute diverse examples of what these possibilities may be from their own artistic practice.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; More than just a theoretical treatise, this photographic and illustrative book, featuring color pages throughout, is a beautifully designed companion to the series of works and projects that Utopian Pulse documents. 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 realize these ideas through their work.
"Bloch . . . is one of the rare figures of whom we can say: fundamentally, with regard to what really matters, he was right, he remains our contemporary, and maybe he belongs even more to our time than to his own."—Slavoj Žižek, from the preface
"Late capitalism has been celebrated by its apologists as that stage of society in which nothing more, nothing new, will ever happen (except for wars, catastrophes, bankruptcy, and Armageddon): the end of history as the death of the future. In this affluent desolation, at the tail-end of all thought, we confront the immense enigmatic figure of Ernst Bloch and that tangle of the Not-Yet-Conceived—the heritage of unfinished business, loose ends, and tired aporias in which new problems are somewhere hidden, new futures slumber, and a freshening and a renewal of history is promised. The present collection makes a start on renewing Bloch himself as a living multiplicity of themes and questions, and may even mark a beginning of that new beginning with which he tantalized us."—Fredric Jameson, Duke University
“…like Bloch, contributions in this volume instil in the reader a sense that partisans are not obliged to consider contemporary states of affairs as perfected facts, as if facts amounted to the world’s completion. Instead we are guided by a transgressive thought to take up with renewed vigour Bloch’s insistence on the world’s being just as little finished as we are. . . . [T]his volume foretells of a much needed coming future engagement with Bloch.”
"[T]he merit of this volume is that it approaches Bloch's thinking from very different perspectives, and often in an ingenious way."
andquot;This is a politically important book for anyone living on planet earth to read.andquot;
andquot;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 todayand#39;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.andquot;
The concept of hope is central to the work of the German philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885–1977), especially in his magnum opus, The Principle of Hope
(1959). The "speculative materialism" that he first developed in the 1930s asserts a commitment to humanity's potential that continued through his later work. In The Privatization of Hope
, leading thinkers in utopian studies explore the insights that Bloch's ideas provide in understanding the present. Mired in the excesses and disaffections of contemporary capitalist society, hope in the Blochian sense has become atomized, desocialized, and privatized. From myriad perspectives, the contributors clearly delineate the renewed value of Bloch's theories in this age of hopelessness. Bringing Bloch's "ontology of Not Yet Being" into conversation with twenty-first-century concerns, this collection is intended to help revive and revitalize philosophy's commitment to the generative force of hope.
Contributors. Roland Boer, Frances Daly, Henk de Berg, Vincent Geoghegan, Wayne Hudson, Ruth Levitas, David Miller, Catherine Moir, Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Welf Schröter, Johan Siebers, Peter Thompson, Francesca Vidal, Rainer Ernst Zimmermann, Slavoj Žižek
The concept of hope was central to the German philosopher Ernst Bloch's work. Here, leading thinkers in utopian studies consider the insights that his work might offer the contemporary moment.
About the Author
Ines Doujak is an artist working in London and Vienna, where she studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She was project leader of the arts based research Loomshuttles / Warpaths, funded by the FWF Austrian Science Funds.Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. His work has been exhibited across the world including at the Berkeley Art Museum; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul and the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt. He is the editor of Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies.
Table of Contents
1. Preface by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler
2. Fluchthilfe and Du by Katarzyna Winiecka
3. Driven into Conflict by Utopia by Antke Engel
4. Unthinking Utopia andndash; Borderlessness as Method / Salon Fluchthilfe by Zanny Begg
5. The World is Flooding by Oreet Ashery
6. Out of the Salon andndash; Female counter-spaces, anti-colonial struggles and transversal politics. by Sophie Schasiepen
7. Happiness of the Public / Salon Public Happiness by Christoph Schandauml;fer
8. Please Take Generously by Wealth of Negations
9. Self-Insufficiency by Matthew Hyland
10. Salon Orrizonti Occupati / Occupied Horizons by Bert Theis
11. Known Nowheres: Some Short Thoughts on Going Beyond by Marina Vishmidt
12. General Strike by Nobodycorp. Internationale Unlimited
13. A Preview of the Future. Workersandrsquo; Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler
14. Salons, the Utopian Salon and Substantial Shops by Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann
15. B.A.N.G. by Etcandeacute;tera
16. Salon DADADA by AND AND AND
17. Salon-e-Girdbad by Mariam Ghani
18. Taksim Square, June 2013 by Halil Altindere
19. Queering utopia in the darkroom by Fernanda Nogueira
20. Wittgenstein and the Gypsies / Cuartos de Utopandiacute;a by Pedro G. Romero / Maquina P.H.
21. El Espacio del Inmigrante by Daniela Ortiz
22. Salandoacute;n de Belleza by Miguel A. Landoacute;pez
23. A Mask is Always Active by Ines Doujak and John Barker
24. Salon KLIMBIM