Utopian Pulse

Flares in the Darkroom

Edited by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler

Utopian Pulse

Edited by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 80 color plates | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745335964 Published August 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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.
            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.
            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.
Contents
1. Preface by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler
2. Fluchthilfe & Du by Katarzyna Winiecka
3. Driven into Conflict by Utopia by Antke Engel
4. Unthinking Utopia – Borderlessness as Method / Salon Fluchthilfe by Zanny Begg
5. The World is Flooding by Oreet Ashery
6. Out of the Salon – Female counter-spaces, anti-colonial struggles and transversal politics. by Sophie Schasiepen
7. Happiness of the Public / Salon Public Happiness by Christoph Schäfer
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. Workers’ 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 Etcétera
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 Utopía by Pedro G. Romero / Maquina P.H.
21. El Espacio del Inmigrante by Daniela Ortiz
22. Salón de Belleza by Miguel A. López
23. A Mask is Always Active by Ines Doujak and John Barker
24. Salon KLIMBIM
Biographies
Review Quotes
Anthropology & Materialism
"Gives new life to the old concept of utopia by positioning utopian projects in the here and now, without succumbing to a phantasmagorical image of the present time."
Marge Piercy, author of Gone to Soldiers
"This is a politically important book for anyone living on planet earth to read."
Nato Thompson, chief curator, Creative Time
"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."
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