What do you dream about? And what do you think the people planning your city dream about? Who actually came up with the pavement you walk on every day as you go to school?
Let us follow it back to the drawing board, to the individual architect in his Køge Bugt office, to his education, to his inspiration – from Arab cities, the sea, the air, as a reaction to tapestries, laces, dark backyards… and come back to the pavement where a dog leaves a turd, or a boy kicks a ball.
New series of exhibitionsIn the spring of 2009 we are launching a brand new series of exhibitions called UTOPIA!
“Utopia” means “non-place” and traditionally denotes our shared perceptions of an ideal, paradisaical world, the longing for an inaccessible dream society. Today many artists use their art to explore what the good life is.
15-20 years ago there was much talk of changing society. Today it is more about making it work. The welfare state is no longer a utopia of justice and equality but a machine to be optimised. Religion as common denominator is being abolished – at least in the western world, where the religious quest is more about the self-realising redemption of the individual rather than binding and established communities. The national identity is turning into a mirage, so much so that in Denmark we are inventing canons to hold on to it.
The society of the future
ARKEN supplies no answers. We raise the questions because we can see these things happening, and because art has always dealt with and been embedded in its time. Because we think it important to consider and debate our own and potentially shared utopias: what do we expect from the society of the future? And what thoughts and ideas are there that transgress the individual search? And because we believe that art might be the place where it is possible to establish a different route to that debate.
Thus UTOPIA at ARKEN is more than just international contemporary art. It is also social debate in the media and the world around us. It is teaching in the schools. It is development of new ways of creating exhibitions. And it is research into art, society and museum. UTOPIA is a living process. Before, during and after each exhibition project we will break through the walls of the museum and debate with you about the welfare society, tolerance, community and individual, dreams and ideals.
THE CHILDREN’S ROOM AS AN ARKOTOPIA
We wish to offer a platform for speaking to a politician, a philosopher, a squatter, a Muslim, a car owner, a civil servant, an architect and an artist, to describe their visions for the society of the future based on their own conceptions of happiness. Use your own conceptions of happiness to formulate a utopia for mankind/society. How do I want to live, how do I want to spend my day, who do I want to live with? The dream films will be shown in the Children’s Room.
DO YOU TEACH MEDIA STUDIES? – DO YOU WANT YOUR CLASS TO JOIN A PORTRAIT VIDEO COMPETITION?
We need you and your class. If you want to work with the UTOPIA idea with your classes in the spring 2009, we would love to hear from you!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
UTOPIA is supported by
Find details on ARKEN's Kickstart programme