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A world atlas of utopias in the era of post-everything
Proxima Utopia is a multi-format "reaction" to the world today. I follows perhaps a cycle and anticipation of global crisis in which design and architecture find themselves again drawn to the nostalgia and promises of utopias. After the modernism of the past decades, our understanding of modernities has become multi-centered. Whether we realize it or not, we are witnessing several deviant ways in how future societies are being imagines.
Proxima Utopia represents an on-going project for an atlas that seeks to provide speculative cartography and imagery for these developments, taking mainly the format of exhibitions, fictional objects and publications. It is not as such a historical "mappa mundi", consisting of what we currently know of the world, but more of a design-led inquiry into the "other" directions that global development might take – with or without the benevolent and harmonious past understandings of utopias. While not potentially desirable, the scenes discussed in the atlas seem yet plausible, deriving from current global politics, power relations, economy, surveillance, the post-internet and the looming ecological changes – the real contexts of future architecture.
The project was also presented in a group exhibition and symposium "Architecture After the Future" at the Haus der Architektur (HDA) in Graz, Austria, 23 June - 30 July 2017, curated by Ana Jeinić. An interview of the project is published on the exhibition's blog platform.
A site specific installation of the work was presented on the occasion of the exhibition HERE EVERYWHERE, curated by Vladiya Mihaylova, launching as part of the anniversary year of the Open Arts Foundation during the arts festival NIGHT/Plovdiv in Bulgaria in September 2017.
The project's events in 2017 were made possible with the help and support of:
Future Architecture Platform
Haus der Architektur (HDA)
Open Arts Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Embassy of Finland, Sofia
© Selim Projects 2016-2017