Onderdeel van Researchlabs 2018

UvA/ Piet Zwart- The Utopian Dystopian

Het podium is vandaag aan een nieuwe lichting curatoren en kunstenaars. Studenten van acht kunstacademies en universiteiten stellen een programma samen met nieuw werk, remixes van films of korte historische avant-gardefilms uit de collectie van EYE. Faculteit Mediastudies UvA/het Piet Zwart Instituut presenteren The Utopian Dystopian.

In de Researchlabs presenteren studenten van acht opleidingen ieder een programma van een uur. Researchlabs geven ruimte aan het onverwachte en zijn vaak een kruisbestuiving met andere kunstvormen zoals performances of beeldende kunst. Researchlabs bieden ook de mogelijkheid om onderzoek te doen in EYE’s collectie en stimuleren zo de talentontwikkeling van een nieuwe lichting curatoren en kunstenaars. De voertaal is Engels.

The Utopian Dystopian

For this special collaboration, artists, researchers and curators from the University of Amsterdam and the Piet Zwart Institute invite you on a tour through shifting worlds of dystopia and utopia, and the complex and mysterious ways these concepts are inseparably linked. Order versus chaos, control versus freedom, transparency versus manipulation, and public versus private; utopias quickly become dystopias and vice versa.

Through film, installation, and performance this project explores how art and media may construct dark or bright futures; through the mirrors of our present, and through the ghosts of our past. Which are the dystopias embedded in our present? Which are the utopias that emerge on the horizon? Will we be able to distinguish them? Will we be able to tell our dreams from our nightmares - our nightmares from our dreams? Will YOU dare to try?

The projects explore how our contemporary condition is a time of contradictory acceleration, where enthusiasm and apprehension collide. Today, technological developments stimulate expectations of enhanced connectivity and a better quality of life. However, cyclical crises constantly disturb the social, political and ecological spheres. As systems of control are becoming immersed into all aspects of our existence through technological mediation, society is faced with the question of resistance or acquiescence. Are the dystopic visions of the numerous speculative fictions an inevitability -- or do we still have the power to break this cycle and usher in new utopic paradigms? Most likely the future is already here. The question is whether we are satisfied with it.