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A week-long event exploring Practical Utopias in New York City
During the week-long event artists and participants tested the usefulness of the concept of Practical Utopia when it is applied to daily life through a series of exercises, prompts, and gatherings. The term “Practical Utopia” reflects the desire for large scale changes to the current system of society by initiating the first practical steps towards such changes right here and now. “Practical Utopia” insists on the necessity of Utopia as an intellectual concept interlinking the fantastical and the pragmatic in bringing about social, political and artistic change.
7 Exercises in Practical Utopia was the result of an ongoing collaboration between Culture Push, and the Helsinki/Berlin-based collective, YKON.
YKON is a non profit art organization, that was founded as an artistic initiative and platform for exploring utopian fantasies and the political imaginary in relation to concrete sociopolitical structures and concerns.
Culture Push is an arts organization that works with hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play, and creating connections.
7 Exercises in Practical Utopia was made possible in part with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
7 Exercises in Practical Utopia is made possible in part with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.