DYSTOPIA / UTOPIA: 2070

DYSTOPIA  / UTOPIA: 2070

Main Gallery and Small Object Space

29 May – 17 July 21

Dystopia/Utopia is an innovative project which challenges artists, craftspeople, designers, and their audiences to consider solutions and innovations for possible dystopian futures.

This project starts with literature and will see visual arts practitioners responding to works of speculative fiction as the stimulus for the works they create for the exhibition. A well-established area of writing, dystopian speculative fiction explores social and political structures, in which the author uses varying literary devices to explore the different directions humanity can take - depending on its choices, ending up with one of two possible futures.  This genre has been enormously popular for a long time (e.g. novels of impact and influence such as 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games) and reflects ongoing intergenerational concerns.

For this project, practitioners will be asked to choose a piece of writing and will then be commissioned to create functional objects that will respond to, and perhaps expand on, themes presented by the author. We envisage these will elicit conversations for our audience around our individual and collective responses to our shared future.

This project is daring, innovative and challenging. It is designed to speculate on where craft and design may be headed, and what other emerging disciplines or technologies may arise from new challenges. Importantly, this kind of project allows for a practical, creative and alternative kind of stimulus to discuss the capacity and future of the craft and design sector. Dystopia/Utopia has the potential to create and also inspire new products and new ways of seeing, behaving and making. It may even lead to new economic initiatives.  

 






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