Utopias & Hirschhorn

The Utopian influence in contemporary is something I have consider many times in my own work as well as in the work of others. It is an interesting paradox for the reason that the idea of a Utopia is a pipe dream, though we all strive for that element of change to grow and evolve as a species. It is not possible for this to happen though as we can see from the readings of the book Utopias. Artists use this notion to connect with an audience who is curious about the future and has an overwhelming sense of hope for what is to come. I would argue that presenting a distopian piece of art can engage the viewer with the same feelings in regards to the work. Presenting this type of work frames an argument where in people are left to see it and project there own feelings and ideals to the counter.

Hirschhorn in this reading rejects the traditional practice found in contemporary art. He is interested in making work for the people to see and understand and judge accordingly because of the viewers own beliefs.

“The motor that drives my work is the human  condition and my concerns about it. I do not believe the process of making art can exist without taking a critical position. The artist does not make a work of art so it works or succeeds. To not agree with the system requires courage. Artists are disobedient – this is the first step towards Utopia.”

I can say that I identifly with Hirschhorn in this quotation in some regards.  I consider the political position of Marx. The Idea of communism is a good thing. Though it is not possible to exist without out the replacement of another system that will be corrupt. The same can be said in all radical groups. To start a revoultion some most stand opposed.

Peter Smith


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