Utopia Closes

Another fantasy bites the dust: at least, at two London art galleries it does.

Many of us gave up the idea of Utopia when we were young, and now scientists show that evolution is a self-organised system not aiming for some pre-destined goal.

The same reluctance to plan ahead has struck two London art shows: Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery and Spirit of Utopia at the Whitechapel.

At the first Paul Lafolley encourages you to get in touch with aliens.

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And at the other Yto Barrada offers a confused guide to plate tectonics.

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Maybe these exhibits show us that hopelessness is a sign of the times for art, as well as for the environment.

That’s where tropical forest fires prepare the real utopia  .th-2

 

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