Utopia 500

17 ΜΑY 2016
Discussion | 18:00
Concert | 21:00
Upper Stage
At a time devoid of hope, what is the meaning of the word utopia?
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Five hundred years since the first publication of Thomas More’s Utopia (1516), the rubric of utopia remains at the forefront of debate and activity aiming at a critical and visionary negotiation of the human predicament and the antinomies marking it throughout: despair and hope, injustice and justice, lack and excess, present and future, disorder and order, finitude and infinity, etc. And yet, our epoch is deeply conscious of both the dystopian features of the present economic and social order –exhibited in a series of ‘crises’ affecting our environment, our political institutions and the social bond itself– as well as of the limitations of traditional utopian imaginaries to articulate credible, viable and, above all else, inspiring alternatives. Is it possible, against this pessimistic background, to formulate an alternative, reflexive structuration of desire? To enact social practices and political institutions putting forward ‘critical’, ‘iconoclastic’ constructions marking a move beyond both the unreflexive affirmation and the unreflexive rejection of utopia?
Focusing on such questions, “Utopia 500” will begin as a two-day interdisciplinary workshop with international participants from the fields of political theory and philosophy, political economy, psychoanalysis, the theory and practice of art, etc. This workshop is scheduled to take place in Delphi in May 2016. Its aim is to function as an intensive laboratory examining the theme of utopia from a variety of perspectives and exploring its contemporary relevance.
The debate will culminate in a symposium open to the public and its participation, at the OCC’s Upper Stage, on Tuesday 17 May. Following the symposium, there will be an art exhibition related to the workshop at Diplareios School from 6 to 10 June .

The event, in its second part, includes the Greek premiere of Luigi Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura with Tania Sikelianou (violin) and Thomas Pouliasis (electronic sound).


Curated by: Yannis Stavrakakis, Christos Carras
Coordinated by: Pasqua Vorgia
Participants: Aristide Antonas, Lieven De Cauter, Pythagoras Chatziandreou, Dimitris Foufoulas, Dominiek Hoens, Rosie Hudson, Vicky Iakovou, Giorgos Kallis, Yannis Kontaratos, Zora Kovacic, Evangelos Liotzis, Christos Michaelides, Dany Nobus, Valia Papastamou, Panos Petridis, Aggelos Varvarousis, Phillip Wegner

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Simultaneous translation is provided in the case of speakers using a language other than Greek.

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7 Jun 2016

Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
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