The idea of an imaginary community or society with near perfect qualities has been contagious in literary fiction, political thought, countercultural movements, and technological avantgardes. What does Utopian Thinking give us, what are its proven historical pitfalls, its problematics and its possibilities? How does imagining ideal futures function in the Anthropocene, with the abyss of climate collapse and extinction on the horizon?
For our upcoming, second season, we invite artists, writers, and academics, to reflect on the notion of Utopian Thinking and to add to, complicate, challenge or disrupt the existing body of work.
We encourage critical analyses of utopian movements or cultural objects, fictional stories and poems that include utopian thought, and internet-friendly artworks that grapple with these topics.
Send your proposal (max 200 words for a written piece, or audio/visual work in any format) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Utopian Thinking”.
We favour work that has not yet been published elsewhere. Adaptations of earlier publications are, however, welcome.
Selected contributions will be compensated with €200 (+VAT where required). We’re aware that this fee does not match a living wage in many places, and aim to raise this in our next seasonal call.