Title: Shards of Utopia
Location: Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London, UK
Date: April 2010
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/lateattatebritain/
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Cecilia Wee curates Shards of Utopia, Late at Tate, Tate Britain London SW1P 4RG
Friday 9 April 2010, 18:00-22:00

Shards of Utopia is an event incorporating live art, music, installation and discussion.

Situating itself in a post-utopian world in which we struggle to accept the notion of a holistic, universal idea of utopia, Shards of Utopia explores how cultural remnants of a revolutionary and hopeful past continue to be powerfully resonant for our present.

The constellation of ideas developed through the course of the event are brought together by a limited edition leaflet designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, with contributions from curators and writers from across the globe: Dani Admiss, Olaf Arndt, Elizabeth Monoian & Rob Ferry, Claire Louise Staunton and Juha van ‘t Zelfde.

Shards of Utopia features –

A trio of talks on technology*:
chaired by Jen Thatcher
Mick Jones on science fiction books in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Public Library
Tom Badley discusses string theory and the Holographic Principle
Steven Ounanian presents a lecture-performance about a robot he made of himself for his mother in America

Persuasive/Pervasive interventions:
Resonance FM’s Richard Thomas creates sound pieces for Tate Britain's Tannoy system
Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann attach improvised vibration devices to the building

Utopian sounds:
Jon Hawken DJs sounds between the beautiful and the sublime
Taigen Kawabe performs a rite of self-purification

Explorations of the building:
Emma Leach orchestrates a human news ticker
They Are Here work with a professional Blue Badge Guide to present a tour of utopias and dystopias

Performances to test the constitution:
Counterproductions and Jungmin Song invite gallerygoers to record their 'topian' ideas
Klub Fiskulturnik encourage us to take a path towards socialist self-realisation through movement

*Talks have limited capacity

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