The politics of Utopia have already produced a rich and varied literature - St. Simon, Buber, Bloch, and many others. Utopian Pulse explores this tradition from the perspective of art practice and asks how we can engage with and contribute to it. This book will be published alongside an exhibition of the same name and will include artwork from the exhibition itself.
The work's contributors invoke Utopia as an always incomplete alternative and a recognition of something missing, which opens up the possibility of asserting something which is not yet but will be. International artistic researchers, artists and artist-curators contribute different modes of engagement which they are already constituting through their own practice. More than just a theoretical treatise, this book is an overview of a series of works and projects that are brought to life and which the book seeks to document.
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 realise these ideas through their work.
Ines Doujak is a feminist artist whose work has been widely exhibited, including at the Biennial in Sao Paulo (2014) and the documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). She is the co-author of Utopian Pulse (Pluto, 2015). Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. His work has been exhibited across the world including at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul and the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt. He is the editor of It's the Political Economy, Stupid (Pluto, 2013) and the author of Utopian Pulse (Pluto, 2015).
1. Preface - Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler 2. Fluchthilfe & Du - Katarzyna Winiecka 3. Driven into Conflict - Utopia by Antke Engel 4. Unthinking Utopia - Borderlessness as Method / Salon Fluchthilfe - Zanny Begg 5. The World is Flooding - Oreet Ashery 6. Out of the Salon - Female counter-spaces, anti-colonial struggles and transversal politics. - Sophie Schasiepen 7. Happiness of the Public / Salon Public Happiness - Christoph Schafer 8. Please Take Generously by Wealth of Negations 9. Self-Insufficiency by Matthew Hyland 10. Salon Orrizonti Occupati / Occupied Horizons - Bert Theis 11. Known Nowheres: Some Short Thoughts on Going Beyond - Marina Vishmidt 12. General Strike - Nobodycorp Internationale Unlimited 13. A Preview of the Future. Workers' Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis - Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler 14. Salons, the Utopian Salon and Substantial Shops - Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann 15. B.A.N.G. - Etcetera 16. Salon DADADA - AND AND AND 17. Salon-e-Girdbad - Mariam Ghani 18. Taksim Square, June 2013 - Halil Altindere 19. Queering utopia in the darkroom - Fernanda Nogueira 20. Wittgenstein and the Gypsies / Cuartos de Utopia - Pedro G. Romero / Maquina P.H. 21. El Espacio del Inmigrante - Daniela Ortiz 22. Salon de Belleza - Miguel A. Lopez 23. A Mask is Always Active - Ines Doujak and John Barker 24. Salon KLIMBIM Biographies