The Utopian Office
Within the long term project MY PERSONAL UTOPIA, the thesis Ways to Spaces or How to Create a Personal Utopia; A Research to use Utopia as Method to facilitate a Situation was written as an attempt to sketch a sphere, a space or a micro utopia. The title implies various hints in different directions. Firstly, Ways to Space, describing a space as a process that is very fragile and fugitive, a space created with someones thoughts and presence. Secondly How to Create a Personal Utopia which consists of two terms - maybe very contrary to each other – Personal, being very self-centred, Utopia - in philosopher Ernst Blochs sense - as the expressions of deep-seated desire and as a claim to change societal structures. The terms are connected with the verb Create which means “evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention”. It is an open structure with regard to the use of every small step we take towards a utopian direction.
The following parameters are researched: value, pricing, use, exchange, ownership, personal sensual experience, creativity as capital, power relations, bottom up approaches, real effect, status, sphere, space, utopia, socially constructed traditions, everyday life, life as Gesamtkunstwerk.
Can a moment be utopian? Can someone´s presence be valued by mutual connection in a shared and meaningful moment? Can a personal experience or a social interaction be facilitated without top-down organisation? How are function and production of an (art) work connected in its meaning? The ongoing project My Personal Utopia has started 12 months ago and consists of multiple consciously lived moments which move between the everyday life and art. Such a moment can be experienced at the Rietveld graduation show. You are warmly invited to register for a conversation during the consultation-hours of the Utopian Office. This (performative) moment of a one-on-one conversation will take about 15 - 30 min. The subject will be prepared by the Office. I am looking forward talking to you!
THE UTOPIAN OFFICE during FRAME WORKS / An exhibition by Els & Nel at Friday Next Gallery!
During Frame Works Hannah Kindler will search for an Utopian moment. Can someone’s presence be valued by mutual connection in a shared and meaningful moment? How are function and production of an (art) work connected in its meaning? Through a conversation she has with a person, she seeks to build a connection between herself and the other, and thus creates new values. The conversation is to be seen as a form of self reflexion, engaging with each other, as form of networking, social process, form of art or to speak in terms of Joseph Beuys, as Social Sculpture, and above all as personal experience. Such a moment can be experienced during the exhibition. You are warmly invited to register for a conversation during the consultation hours of the Utopian Office. This (performative) moment of a one-on-one conversation will take about 15 - 30 min. The subject will be prepared by the Office.
Els & Nel for the invitation and support!