Utopian projections are spatialized operators that offer possible transformations of place, perception and society. A flower bed at a writer’s residency in Thomassin can be such a site.


Utopia by Thomas More, supplement by Ursula K. Le Guin, introduction by China Miéville.

China Miéville: The Limits of Utopia – 2014 Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

Archaeologies of the Future : The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions by Fredric Jameson.
Longevity as Class Struggle Part 2, Chapter 7

The Last Angel of History, produced by the Black Audio Film Collective, directed by John Akomfrah.

Fredric Jameson makes the case that The Wire holds multiples utopian spatialized visions. 2015.

Essay – Realism and Utopia in The Wire, Criticism, Vol 52, No 3-4, Summer/Fall 2010.
Mirrored by Slavoj Žižek – The Wire or the clash of civilisations in one country, 2012; via progressivegeographies.com

An American Utopia: Fredric Jameson in Conversation with Stanley Aronowitz, 2014.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, Walker Art Center. Review in Panomara.

Utopia Is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures, also at Walker.

Gilbert & Sullivan – Utopia, Limited; or The Flowers of Progress, 1893. Libretto.

The first 50 seconds is utopia.

D’Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Royston Nash
Recorded in 1975

Anahid Nersessian, Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment (Harvard UP, 2015). Review.
… formal and political practices of renunciation and self-containment.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Stuart Davis (1892–1964) was an American.

The exhibition is unusual in its focus on Davis’s mature career and on his working method of using preexisting motifs as springboards for new compositions. From 1939 on, Davis rarely painted a work that did not make reference, however hidden, to one or more of his earlier compositions. Such “appropriation” is a distinctive aspect of his mature art.


NGA audio tour.

Stuart Davis in Full Swing

Stuart Davis in Full Swing

1-5 Stuart Davis at Whitney

Egg Beater No. 2, 1928, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Whitney audio on Egg Beater 4.

House and Street, 1931, oil on canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Purchase. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
W audio on House and Street.

…a correlation,

Voyelle, Chapter 26, 2013
Silkscreen ink, gesso on wood, and wooden shelf
32 3/8 x 32 3/8 x 7 inches (82.2 x 82.2 x 17.8 cm)