Utopia and the Everyday. Between Art and Education.

Exhibition : 27.11.2009 – 14.02.2010

Tuesday – Sunday 11am-6pm

The Centre d’Art Contemporain

This project aims at presenting art practices that straddle both art and education, which have always been strongly tied. UTOPIA AND THE EVERYDAY proposes to invite artists and collectives whose practices include strategies borrowed from teaching methods, using the cultural institution as a space for critical thought and discussion about education, and provide a prospective environment to tackle social and political issues.

The exhibition UTOPIA AND THE EVERYDAY invites us to consider the field of contemporary art as a free space to experiment with new learning methods, to see the relationship between the teacher and the taught in a different light, or to tackle issues that learning institutions do not usually address.

UTOPIA AND THE EVERYDAY revolves around three collaborations between international artists and local players: the students at Deutsche Schule Genf (the German School of Geneva), the Haute Ecole Pédagogique de Lausanne in relationship with CIRA (Centre International de Recherches sur l’Anarchisme), and a collaboration involving people and associations from Le Lignon (Geneva). Together they will produce new works, designed for the Centre’s display spaces. The exhibition is based on democratic and creative processes that involve each participant according to a horizontality principle.

The invited artists and collectives, NILS NORMAN (UK), in collaboration with TILO STEIREIF (CH), OSCAR TUAZON and DAMON RICH (founder of CENTER FOR URBAN PEDAGOGY, USA), and trafo.K in collaboration with architect GABU HEINDL (Austria) all carry out artistic practices that are based on exchanging experience and expertise.

A documentary section also presents other pioneering projects in this field from the 1950s until today, allowing to expand the social, cultural, political, and environmental issues related to the project. UTOPIA AND THE EVERYDAY will be the subject of a catalogue, a gazette, and a series of public events. A new version of this project will also be presented at the Kunstmuseum Thun in 2010.

Centre d’Art de Genève

10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers


Phone: + 41 22 329 18 42

Contact: Marie-Avril Berthet

info@centre.ch www.centre.ch

Anarchism and Utopianism

Author: Laurence Davis

Editors: Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna

Publication Info: Manchester University Press of Anarchism and Utopianism

Anarchism and Utopianism

“This collection of original essays examines the relationship between
anarchism and utopianism, exploring the intersections and overlaps between
these two fields of study and providing novel perspectives for the analysis
of both. The book opens with an historical and philosophical survey of the
subject matter and goes on to examine antecedents of the anarchist literary
utopia; anti capitalism and the anarchist utopian literary imagination; free
love as an expression of anarchist politics and utopian desire; and
revolutionary practice. Contributors explore the creative interchange of
anarchism and utopianism in both theory and modern political practice;
debunk some widely-held myths about the inherent utopianism of anarchy;
uncover the anarchistic influences active in the history of utopian thought;
and provide fresh perspectives on contemporary academic and activist debates
about ecology, alternatives to capitalism, revolutionary theory and
practice, and the politics of art, gender and sexuality. Scholars in both
anarchist and utopian studies have for many years acknowledged a
relationship between these two areas, but this is the first time that the
historical and philosophical dimensions of the relationship have been
investigated as a primary focus for research, and its political significance
given full and detailed consideration.

Anarchism and Utopianism
Preface – Peter Marshall
Introduction – Laurence Davis
Part I Historical and philosophical overview
1. Anarchism and the dialectic of utopia – John P. Clark
Part II Antecedents of the anarchist literary utopia
2. Daoism as utopian or accommodationist: radical Daoism reexamined in light
of the Guodian Manuscripts – John A. Rapp
3. Diderot’s Supplément au voyage de Bougainville: steps towards an
anarchist utopia – Peter
G. Stillman
Part III Anti-capitalism and the anarchist utopian literary imagination
4. Everyone an artist: art, labour, anarchy, and utopia – Laurence Davis
5. Anarchist powers: B. Traven, Pierre Clastres, and the question of utopia
– Nicholas Spencer
6. Utopia, anarchism and the political implications of emotions – Gisela
7. Anarchy in the archives: notes from the ruins of Sydney and Melbourne –
Brian Greenspan
Part IV Free love: anarchist politics and utopian desire
8. Speaking desire: anarchism and free love as utopian performance in fin de
siècle Britain – Judy Greenway
9. Visions of the future: reproduction, revolution and regeneration in
American anarchist utopian fiction – Brigitte Koenig
10. Intimate fellows: utopia and chaos in the early post-Stonewall gay
liberation manifestos – Dominic Ording
Part V Rethinking revolutionary practice
11. Anarchism, utopianism and the politics of emancipation – Saul Newman
12. Anarchism and the politics of utopia – Ruth Kinna
13. ‘The space now possible’: anarchist education as utopian hope – Judith
14. Utopia in contemporary anarchism – Uri Gordon

Catalogue of the James J. Kopp Collection: Works by and about Edward Bellamy and American Utopian Literature

Author: James J. Kopp

Publication Info: Portland: Berberis Press, 2009

“The catalogue includes primary sources, studies of Bellamy and American utopian lit – and many fine reproductions of the covers of Bellamy’s works from around the world and other related illustrations, and typed out versions of inscriptions in many of the books signed by Bellamy family members, and the likes of Van Wyck Brooks, Ernest Callenbach, Robert Elliott, Edward Everett Hale, Vachel Lindsey, Arthur Morgan,  even Billy Sunday.”

ISBN: 978-0-61532251-3