YBCA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
15. 02. 2012 - 09. 6. 2013
Curators: Alicia Murría, Mariano Navarro and Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes
Ignasi Aballí · Lene Berg · Fernando Bryce · William S. Burroughs · Nikolay Oleynikov & Chto Delat? · Phil Collins · Dora García · Daniel García Andújar · Federico Guzmán · Ed Hall · Jan Peter Hammer · Pello Irazu · Alfredo Jaar · Rogelio López Cuenca / Muntadas · Zeina Maasri · Carlos Motta · Ciprian Muresan · Manolo Quejido · Oliver Ressler · El Roto · Katya Sander · SUPERFLEX · Wolfgang Tillmans · Rirkrit Tiravanija · Judi Werthein · Zhou Xiaohu · Artur Żmijewski
Extract from Curators press release:
.................... Without Reality There is No Utopia consists of two asymmetric sections.
The first section is "Description Of The Lie", a kind of incredulous prologue to the systems of production of the simulacra of the real. In that section, there are two pieces, two videos, which engage human scepticism and its current drift. On the one hand, we have William S. Burroughs, reciting Bertolt Brecht. On the other, Alfredo Jaar, who recovers the analysis on Pier Paolo Pasolini.
The second, broader section, is entitled "Collapses", although it could just as well have borrowed Baudrillard's term "Implosions", since contemporaneity can be described as an implosive situation. This second section is in turn divided into four collapses: the collapse of Communism, the collapse of Capitalism, that of democracy, and that of the geo-political. That is to say - according to Huyssen - "Utopia never dies alone: it drags along its counter-utopia." Therefore, the fall of Communism drags along its counter-utopia - Capitalism - which in turn drags along democracy, since the latter linked its destiny to it. The likely collapse of the expansive system typical of Capitalism - Colonialism - would, in turn, involve a geo-political "implosion". For these reasons, we should seriously consider the end of Utopia as "our problem", the problem of our times, since, as Huyssen points out, its scope "is much greater than we would like to admit". We should, therefore, urgently rethink and recalibrate the real, since, Without Reality There is No Utopia...........................................................
The show was developed by and for the CAAC in Seville, Spain.