June 28, 2015 - Secession - Release of Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom book
June 28, 2015

Release of Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom book

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom

Ines Doujak & Oliver Ressler (eds.)

Pluto Press, 288pp, 230mm x 170mm, full colour, 2015
ISBN: 9780745335964


Miguel Lopez in collaboration with Giuseppe Campuzano, Salón de Belleza, Secession, Vienna, 2014.

Originating in a bold exhibition at the Secession in Vienna, this book examines moments in social and cultural life where there are glimpses of utopia, where other possibilities of being are imagined and even partially realised. The book moves through Latin American carnivals, forgotten histories, queer utopias, science fiction, workers’ control of factories and much more. Bringing to life a variety of different artistic visions, this is an inspiring collection for anyone who recognises that something is missing and desires to be part of recreating a future as an imperfect but necessary assertion of what is not-yet.


Foreword by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler / “Fluchthilfe & Du” by Katarzyna Winiecka / “Driven into Conflict by Utopia” by Antke Engel / “Salon Fluchthilfe/Unthinking Utopia – Borderlessness as Method” by Zanny Begg / “The World is Flooding” by Oreet Ashery / “Out of the Salon: Female counter-spaces, anti-colonial struggles and transversal politics” by Sophie Schasiepen / “Salon Public Happiness” by Christoph Schäfer / “Please Take Generously” by Wealth of Negations / “Self-Insufficiency” by Matthew Hyland / “Salon Orrizonti Occupati/Occupied Horizons” by Bert Theis / “Known Nowheres: Some Short Thoughts on Going Beyond” by Marina Vishmidt / “General Strike” by Nobodycorp. Internationale Unlimited / “A Preview of the Future: Workers’ Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis” by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler / “Salons, the Utopian Salon and Substantial Shops” by Alice Creischer / “B.A.N.G.” by Etcétera / “Salon DADADA” by AND AND AND / “Salon-e-Girdbad/Salon of the Whirlwind” by Mariam Ghani / “Taksim Square, June 2013″ by Halil Altindere / “Queering utopia in the darkroom” by Fernanda Nogueira / “Cuartos de Utopía/Wittgenstein and the Gypsies” by Pedro G. Romero and Maquina P.H. / “El Espacio del Inmigrante” by Daniela Ortiz / “Salón de Belleza” by Miguel A. López / “A Mask is Always Active” by Ines Doujak and John Barker / Salon KLIMBIM

To order the book please click here.

This book has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom at Secession, Vienna, from 10 September to 2 November 2014, and a follow-up exhibition at Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, from 20 June to 16 August 2015. 

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom was realized as a PEEK project, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) AR 183-G21.

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