WAKE / ARCHIPELAGO I FIRST POST I BLOWING IN THE WIND
Archipelago is a strikingly utopian title for the show that Gary Stevens has curated. It recalls clichéd imaginings of bright blue skies and rocky, isolated hamlets effortlessly floating above an expanse of shimmering water. Despite the inevitability of having contrasting geological features, these differences allow the islands in an archipelago to create a vision of working in an aesthetic harmony. As Michèle Le Doeuff explains in The Philosophical Imaginary, there is a particular western tradition of developing intellectual enquiry through such idealistic imagery. Le Doeuff recounts the historical use of utopian geographies to describe the human condition. In particular her reading of Thomas More’s Utopia, provides here an account for Archipelago.
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WAKE / ARCHIPELAGO is on at Southwark Park, London until the 17th of July 2011.