Saya Woolfalk creates anthropological, multi-media art that engages with ideas of utopia.
->developed and alternative society and species
–Ethnography of No Place, Chima Cloud, etc
-race called the “Empathics”= plant-human hybrids that have the ability for a kind of consciousness transcendence
-engages identity- “It is one that is aspirational as opposed to existential, potential as opposed to certain.”
-use of simple geometric shapes and primary colors to encourage a more objective perspective
She’s been working on this project for 10 years and the narrative is not always idealistic, ie stories of the ramifications of the “Empathic’s” advances.
Saya has a current exhibition at the Everson/ The Urban Video Project !!!!
The Utopian Impulse
Utopia =”a place in which the problems that beset our current condition are
transcended or resolved. Yet it also means, or at any rate suggests through a pun
on the ancient Greek words for ‘no place’”…”believed, is present in virtually every
future-oriented activity humans engage in(Richard Noble)”
-much art is animated by some kind of utopian aspiration
– the modelling strategy
“We think art makes the world a better place. But does this
make us utopians? And perhaps more importantly, does it make all art utopian?”
-> no, if it were we’d have no way to distinguish art
psychological or ethical level of utopia(n)
therapeutic form of utopian impulse
-importance of participation
-virtual reality utopia
“It is art oriented beyond existing conditions, sometimes to the future, sometimes to the past; it is art that asks us difficult questions about the conditions we live with and the potential we have to change them(Richard Noble)”
“…Therefore any creative activity – that is, cultural activity – in the twentieth century, must have its roots in revolution.(Constant Nieuwenhuy)”
working class = included all people engaged in productive work that contributed to society ~Saint Simon late 1700s!