Upon observing my Tel Aviv home, I was struck by the insight that like me, others in their twenties also make the intuitive choice of moving to the big city without any guarantee that it would fulfill their dreams. Like me, they also stroll the city streets, believing in a personal or collective utopia located somewhere in the metropolis and soon perhaps before their very eyes.
This thought unites the twin assumptions that the desire to do good can improve the world and that the city is a kind of image whose conditions of feasibility are the forgetting and not knowing of its meanings and interpretations. Indeed, while strolling the city without asking it to meet my expectations, I found my mind’s eye staring at a vision of the perfect city Tel Aviv could be for me.
“Untopia” depicts five moments when I saw the panorama of my city separated from the way I learned to interpret it, and by way of visual and verbal disruption, revealed the panorama of my utopia, which straddles the gap between the concrete vision of the planned environment and the snapshot of coincidence.
Whereas we commonly think of utopia as physically impossible, for those who believe in its possibility, this installation calls to identify an indefinite mooring point in the familiar reality, to which we can aspire while planning the future of urbanity.
Project supervision: Dr. Liat Lavi, Guy Sagui
Voice: Emilia Kabakov, Maria Laychtman
Flute and sound editing: Merav Shacham
Sound editing and photography: Yuval Rozin
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“Everywhere Drums”, a spoken word poem, Jayne Cortez, 1990