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King’s College London: Paths to Utopia at Somerset House

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Time 10:00
Date 01/07/16
Price Free

This wide-ranging exhibition features new works from Le Gun Collective, author Phil Hoare and artist Caitlin Shepherd and asks - what Utopia means today?

Paths to Utopia is a collection of new works that is a summation of collaborations between artists, architects, technologists and King’s academics. Utopian audiences will have the chance to meet whales, ascend to a community on the clouds, witness the ubiquitous, transcendent pursuit of creativity, take part in a unique educational experiment on a distant planet and much more. This wide-ranging exhibition features new works from Le Gun Collective, author Phil Hoare and artist Caitlin Shepherd and includes film, immersive installations, durational performance, a national scratch choir, talks and research, enabling audiences to gather a figurative map of what Utopia means today.

Highlights include:

1 July - 30 September, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House: In Our Hands
Ernst Bloch declared in The Spirit of Utopia, ‘Life has been put into our hands.’ Picking up this direction, In Our Hands will give audiences the chance to experience a collection of intercultural Utopian art works drawn from Navajo designs, Roger Fry, Slavoj Zizek, and our stories of creation. Le Gun Collective and Richard Howells demonstrate how humankind is striving to fashion a better world from the raw materials we inherit.

1 July - 30 September, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House: We Account the Whale Immortal
The whale forever exists, like utopia, as a parable, a myth, and a nightmare – caught between the wide open ocean and our two-dimensional confinement, between reality and imagination. We account the whale immortal, an ever-changing film and a one off performance, explores the arrival of three mythic whales in the Thames, from the 17th to the 21st century, as evocative emblems of utopian intent.

Part of Utopia at Somerset House