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Utopian talk-show line-up, 2012-14


Collaborating organisations: Eastside Projects, Birmingham / ICIA, Bath / University of the West of England, Bristol / Pro QM, Berlin / Errant Bodies, Berlin / Bilgi University, Istanbul / ResArc, Malmo University and Moderna Museet, Malmo 

Event: A talk-show line-up of invited protagonists choose and read passages from science fiction to critical texts according to the rules of an MC. Read in rapid-fire format the spoken texts imagine and attend to the ‘architecture’ of utopia. A line-up table is transformed by a graphic framework, a page from the book Beyond Utopia rescaled and now occupied by readers and objects staging the table as a discursive territory. Each event will be hosted by a partner organization tying into and developing networks of utopian thinkers in the organisation’s locality. Selected video clips of the readings from each event are uploaded onto an online site forming an anthology of the Utopian talk-show line-up series. The anthology will evolve, acting as a testimony to the collective desire to imagine difference. The structure of the event is inspired by the Wooster Group’s ‘L.S.D. (…Just the High Points…)’ 1984-5.

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Utopian talk-show line-up at Santral, Istanbul 2014


Utopian talk-show line-up at Santral Istanbul, 2014 with artist and academic Can Altay as MC, designer Avsar Gurpinar as audience cue card operator, and readers: Selçuk Artut, artist, academic, musician; Elif Kendir, architect, academic; Burcu Kütükçüoğlu, academic; Ronnie Close, Cairo-based artist; Burcu Yançatarol, New Delhi-based designer and design researcher (Skype reader). The setting for the show was the control room of the converted power station, SantralIstanbul cultural facilities, Bilgi University, Istanbul. Thanks to the MC and readers, Avsar Gurpinar, Cansu Curgen, students of international Vernal workshops.

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Utopian talk-show line-up at Moderna Museet, 2014


Utopian talk-show line-up at Moderna Museet, Malmo, 2014 commissioned and co-curated by Nils Svensk of Moderna Museet, Maria Hellstrom Reimer of the Swedish Design Faculty for Design Research and Research Education, and Gunnar Sandin and Fredrik Torisson of ResArc: Swedish Research School in Architecture. The line-up included digital media designer and commentator Maria Engberg as MC with poet Ida Börjel, architect Fredrik Torisson, Christiania resident and archivist Ole Lykke Andersen, video artist Lena Mattson (Skype reader), media designer Eric Snodgrass and audience cue card operator Gunnar Sandin. The event was set within an exhibition of the Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s 2003 Venice Biennale project ‘Utopia Station’. Many thanks to our hosts, MC and readers, and for lighting and video Marcus Gustaffson, Oliver Börjesson and for sound Stefan Winroth.

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Utopian talk-show line-up at Eastside Projects, 2013


Utopian talk-show line-up at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2013 with MC Gavin Wade, artist, curator and director of Eastside Projects and readers:  Kathrin Bohm, artist; Gene George Earle, artist/urbanist; Richard Hawley, Director of Artistic Programming and Projects at Performances Birmingham; Marie-Anne McQuay, curator (Skype reader); Apexa Patel, writer. The setting for the talk show was within Gunilla Klingberg’s installation ‘Parallelareal Variable’ 2013. Thanks to the MC and readers, Elinor Morgan, curator at Eastside Projects, video operators Yegor Isayev and Maya Darrell Hewins, photographer Katya Riabusheva (Katya and Yegor from Creative Aid), and for lighting Laurence Price and sound Samuel Rodgers.

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Utopian talk-show line-up at ICIA, 2012


Utopian talk-show line-up at Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath, 2012 was run as a pilot to the series with MC Liam Devlin, photographer/writer/lecturer Goldsmiths/University of Wales and readers: Harry Charrington, Director of Postgraduate Architectural Studies, University of Bath; Peter Dickinson, artist/arts writer/curator, founder of Artolo; Lindsay Hughes, creative producer Visual Arts, ICIA, University of Bath; Ed Whittaker, senior lecturer in Fine Art, Bath School of Art and Design; Gillian Wylde, artist, senior lecturer in Fine Art, University College Falmouth (Skype reader). Thanks to the MC and readers, Lindsay, Owen and Victoria at ICIA and video operator Matt Hynam.

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