Art Styria: „Paths to EU-topia“
Presentation / Performance of studio ASYNCHROME
Project assistant: Johanna Regger
German Info: LINK
Wednesday, 22 March 2017, at 6.30 pm in the Styria House in Brussels, Avenue de Tervuren 82, 1040 Etterbeek, Belgium.
For the project Paths to EU-topia meter-height (350 cm x 147 cm), roll-out canvases with meticulous drawings have been developed. The starting point of the critically examination research was the recently published `White Paper` by the European Union on the future of the community of states. The narrative drawings, developed out of this research, consist of innumerable tendencies of our present and thus utopian processes which should not be read as instructions, but can be understood as a basis for discussion. Eventually we have to ask ourselves again what are the current questions, which we have to point on our interests? What are the paths to EU-topia?
A central question in times of geopolitical changes, is directed to our security. However, we must not forget the question: What about our freedom?
Where will Europe be heading in the coming years? The picture does not show clearly: is the fence just removed or built up? Viewers must find the answer for themselves …
studio ASYNCHROME places in all it´s projects the question of a „contemporary utopia“ in the focus of it´s employment. The artist- and architect-duo sketches current processes, tries to give space for a discourse in their artistic, analytical expression and thus to explore the utopian potential of our society. The media of drawing allows them a direct implementation of a time-intensive research and conception.
Despite the different historical or sociological connotations, utopia is basically a neutral (ambipolar) concept, in contrast to dystopia, which is characterized by a negative societal scenario, also in contrast to eutopia, which sketches a positive organized community and a solidarity-thinking society. studio ASYNCHROME asks in its conceptual definition to understand the utopia again as interstices of the human and therefore as spaces of opportunities for the urban citizens of our world.
In a central search for answers, solutions and the global „HOW TO FIND“, we slowly but surely reach our limits in a time of result orientation. So what happens if one understands the city not as a defending system, but once again as a present chance, based on many incredible dynamic processes and opportunities? „PATHS TO EU-TOPIA“ represents a significant call for studio ASYNCHROME in Brussels to reintroduce the utopia into the social processes and thus also to allow the critical questioning of the so-called „good places“ again.
Radio Interview in terms of „Path´s to EU-topia“ (audio: GER)
pictures of the performance and the header by © Wolfgang Dekeyser