NON Places of Utopia - Part 2

February 11th - March 1st 2019

By definition, Utopia is an imaginary dimension or state where everything is ideal.

From the ideas of the Garden of Eden, Plato ‘just state’, the pastoral idyll of Arcadia, the social and economic utopias of the near past, to today's utopian ideas of a technological future of immortal hybrids between biology and technology, genetic engineering and the creation of a race of super people, inhabiting other planets and so on, utopian ideas always awaken human imagination.

Utopia seems to be more a dimension in human consciousness than a specific place.

The human brain is arranged so that it notices and visualizes the evil, the dark all the better and in great detail. The examples are countless in the history of art and literature. Modern issues and debates are no exception: deepening social inequality and regional wars, global human-related catastrophes, financial crises, overpopulation of the planet, famine and migration, bleak prospects for the future.

As a counterpoint, in our minds there is a "utopian" dimension or impulse, a quest for transcendence, an illusion of salvation ... but it is always somewhere else, not here. Often, utopian ideas are not seen as serious, as if they are unrealistic, frivolous and boring, or are difficult to imagine and visualize.

 It is this area, this utopian "non place" that seems to me an interesting challenge to the imagination.

The participating authors interpret the idea widely - drawing inspiration from both history and utopian ideas for the future, or from its[RD1]  own impulse of the transcendence that everyone carries - consciously or not.

Juliana Tekova

 

Participating Artists: Angela Terzieva, Galab Galabov, Dimitar Yaranov, Eleonora Terzieva, Konstantin Kostov, Marta Rayhel, Mimi Dobreva, Trendafila Trendafilova, Yuliana Tekova

 [RD1]Чии импулси? На авторите? На идеята?

 

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Anjela Terzieva, Galab Galabov, Dimitar Yaranov, Eleonora Terzieva, Konstantin Kostov, Marta Rayhel, Mimi Dobrea, Juliana Tekova