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A world atlas of utopias in the era of post-everything
Laureate for Future Architecture Platform 2017
Perhaps following a cycle (and anticipation) of global crisis developing today, architecture finds itself again drawn to utopias. However, as today our understanding of modernities has become multi-centered and simultaneous, we are witnessing also several deviant ways in how future societies are being pursued. Proxima Utopia represents a project for an atlas that seeks to provide speculative cartography and imagery for these developments. It is not as such a "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 presented in a group exhibition "Architecture After the Future" at the Haus der Architektur (HDA) in Graz, Austria, 23 June - 30 July 2017, curated by Ana Jeinić. At the occasion we also presented at a symposium. An interview of the project is published on the exhibition's blog platform.
A new 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 (15-17 Sep 2017), and continuing until 30 Sep 2017.
The project's events in 2017 of the project are generously supported by:
Future Architecture Platform
Haus der Architektur (HDA)
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Embassy of Finland, Sofia
© Selim Projects 2016-2017
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