Utopian ideals either involve the restoration of a mythic harmony between man and nature or the exact opposite: progress and technological mastery over the environment. The forthcoming show new atlantis at km temporaer is both an exploration and a critique of utopian ideals. The show deals with the way that these desires for the future manifest themselves in present consumption and production by directing present innovations and technological advancements. The works in the show highlight different elements of this theme – some focusing on the influence of authority on technological growth, others concentrating on simulated materialism. New atlantis brings to focus the presence of an imagined, idealistic future – mainly dreams of advancement and progress – in contemporary society.
Francis Bacon’s Nova Atlantis inspires the exhibition concept, a novel which explores the possibilities of limited and unlimited societal growth. Similarly, the art work in new atlantis presents ideas about contemporary societal perceptions of fast technological progress and technological dependence with its origins in utopia.
Curated by Elisa R. Linn, Judith Lavagna and Lennart Wolff the exhibiting works question the association of development within economic growth, scientific advancement and the pursuit of societal justice to utopian ideals. new atlantis involves works ranging from video, installation, to illustration by several international contemporary artists. An event lead by Rodrigo Maltez Novaes titled Future Apparatus of Loving Grace; readings on Utopia will take place on September 7.
Exhibiting artists include Francisco Montoya Cázarez, Sarah Sweeney, Luc Mattenberger, Antoine Renard and Baden Pailthorpe, Stéphane Degoutin / Gwenola Wagon, Oval Office, Anne de Vries, Bettina Pousttchi, and Sascha Pohflepp / Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Blog entry by Jazmina Figueroa in Berlin; Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.