Utopics: systems and landmarks ; [on the occasion of "Utopics", 11th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Bienne (August 30 - October 25, 2009)]

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Simon LamuniŠere
Distributed Art Pub Incorporated, 2009 - Art - 154 pages
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A superbly selected A-Z glossary of utopian structures, zones and acts in art and beyond, "Utopics" is a guide to artistically "living otherwise"-whether through imaginative design solutions (Andrea Zittel, Lang & Baumann), artist republics (Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta, Robert Filliou's Republique Geniale), temporary utopias (Atelier Van Lieshout's AVL-Ville) or extraordinary spaces (James Turrell's Roden Crater) and situations (Rirkrit Tiravanija). Also itemized here are potentially utopian entities such as bees, islands and squats, plus more theoretical forays such as Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophy and Buckminster Fuller's utopian proposals. Sporting a wraparound poster dustjacket and bound in a glittering night-sky cloth, "Utopics" shows that by acts of creativity both intimate and epic, and by locating the nooks at the perimeters of society, the strictures of contemporary living can be fruitfully sabotaged.

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