"UTOPIER 2026 : METAMATRIX ARTLAB (NETHERLANDS) 

CONCEPT-CURATOR: JEAN-MICHEL CRAPANZANO


“UTOPIER 2026” WILL BRING TOGETHER A SELECT GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND RESEARCHERS WORKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ALTERNATIVE WORLDS, ABANDONED SPACES, CRITICAL ART AND FUTUROLOGY. THE EXHIBITION WILL PRESENT NEW WORKS BY THE PARTICIPANTS, DERIVED FROM RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION, ALONGSIDE EPHEMERA AND TEXTS CHRONICLING KEY ASPECTS OF THIS COLLABORATIVE PROJECT.

CONTEXT:

A SHIFT IN GERMAN ENERGY POLICY TOWARDS COAL-FIRED POWER IS VISIBLE IN THE NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA REGION, WHERE MANY COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN IMMINENT DOMAIN-ED OUT OF EXISTENCE. PIER, A GHOST TOWN NEAR GERMANY'S BORDER WITH THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM, WAS A SMALL COMMUNITY OF 1,291 AS RECENTLY AS 2005. ITS CITIZENS ARE GONE, RELOCATED A FEW KILOMETERS ABROAD. BENEATH PIER IS A VAST RESERVE OF “BROWN COAL,” AWAITING EXTRACTION BY THE RWE POWER COMPANY.
 

PIER WILL SOON BE A MEMORY. BUT, IT IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECONSIDER WHAT A COMMUNITY MIGHT BE.

“UTOPIER 2026” USES THE CITY OF PIER AS A PLATFORM FOR A GROUP OF ARTISTS AND THINKERS TO PROPOSE ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES AND IMAGINE NEW RULES OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND AN INCREASED QUALITY OF LIFE.

BY TAKING TURNS AS VIRTUAL URBAN PLANNERS, POLITICAL LEADERS, SCIENCE-FICTION WRITERS, AND ARCHEOLOGISTS, THE PARTICIPANTS WILL RE-ANIMATE PIER WITH WORKS THAT PONDER GLOBAL SHIFTS IN THE LIGHT OF LOCAL VALUES, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY, PEOPLE AND POLITICS, PROPAGANDA AND FREEDOM.

THESE CONSIDERATIONS ARE INTENDED TO BE FUNCTIONAL, RELEVANT BEYOND PIER, AS UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN VISIONS APPLICABLE NOT ONLY TO THE EUROZONE, BUT ALSO TO THE VAST NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES THAT ARE INCREASINGLY TETHERED TO FAILED POLICIES AND CORPORATE HEGEMONY.

PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO: INFO@METAMATRIXARTLAB.COM

DEADLINE: MARCH 1 2014

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

* ARTWORK/IDEA PROPOSAL (1-2 PAGES MAX). PROPOSAL MAY INCLUDE REFERENCE IMAGES, VIDEOS AND/OR RENDERINGS.

* 5-10 SAMPLES OF PREVIOUS WORK WITH FULL CAPTIONS (TITLE, YEAR, MEDIUM, DIMENSIONS, AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION IF APPLICABLE). FORMAT: JPG, PDF OR URL.

* CV AND NARRATIVE BIO

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