#49 utopic spaces

Noha Nicolescu, Ana C. Berrio, Titi Berrio

Date & time
09.03-13.03
Thu-Mon, 12:00-19:00

Location
Häberlstraße 18, Munich, Germany

“Utopia is thus the neutral moment of a difference, the space outside of place; it is a gap impossible either to inscribe on a geographic map or to assign to history. Its reality thus belongs to the order of the text; more precisely, it is the figurative representation that the text inscribes beneath its discourse, and by it’’ Louis Marin from Utopiques, jeux d’espac

Why would anyone want to design an utopia? There are several reasons. The most important one is that utopian thought is essential to human change in all aspects.
Beyond helping to produce this understanding, the purpose of this concept is to help those interested in it to clarify their own ideas, values and desires. Awareness precedes action.
Utopic spaces are sites with no real place but they have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with real space.
In the study of semiotics, utopic space is strictly defined as ‘’a space of transformation’’.
The term utopic space designates the space in which the decisive test takes place and where performances are realized.
Another articulation of utopic space is that it is “a space of signification”, which is not a ‘nowhere’ but a ‘neither-here-nor-there’.
We believe in the transformative inner power of the imagination—a change in our inner space will affect external space.
Here, again, utopic space clearly emerges as a space of transformation, which does not exist in structuring built space but rather in the continual transformation of a space that remains forever flexible: the mind.
Utopia—that it is a continual production of mental space that acts as an “enclave” within a system.
These types of ruminations are interesting for multiple reasons. More importantly, these speculations also direct us back to the question of transformation vis-à-vis utopia. Must the human being be transformed before utopia can be actualised? What types of transformations must occur?
THE PROJECT
The landscape is the container of our utopia, we transform it and it tries to keep growing between the spontaneity of nature and the human action.
As a result of this, the contemporary landscapes are a mixture of dreams, intentions and chance. We put spaces and structures that are filled with experiences, nature, feelings and emotions on a canvas called landscape and we do the same with the jewels that can appropriate the body’s landscape.
Utopic Spaces is a way of materializing through jewelry the meeting of two worlds, two realities and two ways of dreaming. Noha Nicolescu from Romania and Titi Berrio from Colombia appropriated an atelier , a landscape in which a collective dream is built and exposed.

References
Lefebvre, H., (2000) Writing on cities. Blackwell Publishers
Foucault, M., (1984) Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, Architecture /Mouvement/ Continuité
Laffoley, P., (2001) Utopic space. The Boston Visionary Cell
Louis Marin from, Utopiques, jeux d’espace

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