Collaborators: Robin Wilson.
Dimensions / materials: 25 x 18cm; 41 pages, full colour printed screenplay within published book, Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (eds), Beyond Utopia (Los Angeles/Berlin: Errant Bodies Press, 2012).
Supported by: Arts and Humanities Research Council and University of the West of England.
Beyond Utopia takes the form of a screenplay for a film never intended to be made. The screenplay restages the process and exchanges of a project that queries the function of utopian thinking in urban development and spatial culture. The project aimed to establish a critical dialogue with institutions of city design and to find new sites of productive tension between the “real” and the “fictional”. Submitting a utopian architectural proposal for a real site in London to the scrutiny of the institutions that dominate the design and programming of city space, the project enacted a form of playful provocation, drifting in and though the procedures, systems and languages of planning, architecture and city development. As a fiction, the utopian work gained life as it was recounted and discussed, its narrative shared, activated and engaged through dialogue with and by officials and reviewers.