Utopia Is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

a very nice reminder of the role museums can (and should) play in creating a forum for critical thinking and sharing ideas.

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“A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times, Stephen Duncombe explores the creative terrain within this new world of dreampolitik. Duncombe is an associate professor with the Gallatin School at New York University.”

I like his assertion that well established forms/styles of organization/governance are not held up by, not dependent on, beliefs/believers but rather simply by routines/habits/affordances, and therefore are invulnerable to critiques that seek to unmask/debunk founding myths by revealing the “truths” at work.

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