Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com is a curated contemporary art project exploring new territories in the field of curatorial practices. The project is built around a comprehensive thematic and critical international contemporary art platform founded in 2011 by Sabin Borș with the aim of bringing together international artists the works of who directly or indirectly involve utopian or anti-utopian subjects and approaches.
The platform is open for reviewed international submissions from contemporary artists, art galleries and institutions worldwide. It publishes new works regularly, regardless of any artistic medium of expression, including but not limited to photography, installation art, video and digital art, painting, etc. The platform investigates all creative fields of contemporary art through publishing interviews, reviews and works of emerging and world-renowned contemporary artists, as well as information on contemporary art exhibitions and manifestations.
The main goal of Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com is to bring an alternative perspective in the field of curatorial practices and make contemporary artists more visible in a thematic network supporting innovative ideas, diverse approaches and various techniques. Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com brings together artists from different communities and facilitates contact and artistic exchange between them. The platform also addresses art galleries, museums, institutions, organizations and international curators and theoreticians who can support the editorial line of the project through their personal approaches, essays, interviews, reviews and knowledge in the field of art.
Anti-Utopias.com is a daily updated web platform that brings you a thematic archive as well as selected news of exhibitions, catalogue and book publications, events, festivals and biennials, international calls for artists, researchers and professionals at an international level. An expanding network of news creates a point of reference for all those who wish to be informed of selected events taking place in the world of art.
Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com also bring you extensive conversations with artists, curators and art critics, exclusive event reviews and critical essays related to the current context of contemporary art, design and society in a unique thematic perspective. From photography to installation art, from video to digital art, from new media to Internet art, from painting to the various uses of material, Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com create a space for artistic diversity and convergence.
Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com give special importance to the creation of an international circuit of professionals and enthusiasts including a selected network of artists, designers, art galleries, publishers, museums and institutions the activities of which involve research, development, production and dissemination of creativity in all its forms and mediums of expression. When using specific communication channels such as the Anti-Utopias Newsletter or NewsWire, you will have access to a wide spectrum of activities, cultural and artistic events, and elements that facilitate and expand your knowledge in the field of art and criticism.
The project is built on the possibility to collaborate with national and international partners, to work with art and cultural institutions, art galleries and selected online platforms to deliver high quality content and information. Working closely with all its partners, Anti-Utopias, Anti-Utopias.com and Xpose Art Collective participated in the organization and dissemination of important exhibitions, events, workshops or lectures creating an informal network of contacts and a space for artistic access and knowledge. An ever expanding network of international artists and professionals, including but not limited to curators, theorists, practitioners and critics create a valuable research of academic and professional research with impact on contemporary art, design, culture and society worldwide. Over 175 artists from over 35 countries (in October 2012) around the world can be accessed in this unique thematic archive.
Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com are managed through Xpose Art Collective, a not-for-profit cultural organization created by the founder, curator and editor of Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com to best serve a series of projects and mechanisms designed to promote non-conventional and cross-combination means of expression. We believe this to be a valuable organization in the field of contemporary creativity and cultural avant-garde that will continue to research the expanding borders of art, culture, society, technologies as well as a critical and investigative use of media. All the activities of Xpose Art Collective are designed to initiate, develop and give a cultural and societal meaning to a new type of sustainable cultural economy, operating independently and autonomously yet in collaboration with selected institutional and private partners who share our vision, mission and dedication.
Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com is a cultural project managed by Xpose Art Collective, a not-for-profit organization registered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (organization number: 29604072). Make a donation to help this daring project reach its goals and establish an artistic thematic archive for the benefit of artists, galleries, museums, institutions, theoreticians and enthusiasts around the world. All proceeds made will go back into Xpose Art Collective and Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com. All donors, granters and benefactors will receive personalized confirmation forms and will be provided with transparent accounts of all activities. Read more about donations and support.
Projects are published regularly on Anti-Utopias.com. Our aim is to be able to provide you with daily coverage in the form of works, interviews, reviews, essays and news from around the world.
The digital publication of works, news and related materials is designed to help us structure a comprehensive thematic archive that could be used as a critical instrument by artists, researchers, curators, galleries, museums, institutions and other forms of individual or collective organization.
All materials published throughout the year, including but not limited to art projects, interviews, reviews and news archives, will be selected and considered for an yearly published digital and printed catalogue of 400+ pages edited and published at the highest standards. The pilot Anti-Utopias catalogue will be launched in 2013 and each issue is designed to include exclusive material that cannot be found on the Site. Read more about the Anti-Utopias catalogue and get involved!
CONVERSATIONS – Read our exclusive and comprehensive conversations with artists, curators, theoreticians and guests.
REVIEWS – Read our exclusive reviews of exhibitions, catalogues, books. The reviews are the result of a collaborative effort between us and other collaborators. If you have any suggestions and recommendations we should consider, please Contact us and tell us all about it.
ARTICLES – Read articles published by artists, guest curators and theoreticians to find out more ideas, concepts and contextualizations of the works published here, as well as ideas governing the current international art scene. If you wish to submit an article for reviewing, please make sure to read the Submission guidelines thoroughly.
ANTI-UTOPIAS CATALOGUE – All materials published throughout the year, including but not limited to art projects, interviews, reviews and news archives, are selected and considered for an yearly published digital and printed catalogue of 400+ pages edited and published at the highest standards. The pilot Anti-Utopias catalogue will be launched in 2013 and each issue is designed to include exclusive material that cannot be found on the Site. The collectable format of the catalogue is designed to become a critical archive instrument for artists, researchers, curators, galleries, museums, institutions and other forms of individual or collective organization. Read more about the Anti-Utopias catalogue and get involved!
ANTI-UTOPIAS NEWSLETTER – The newsletter is a regular service that reaches a multidimensional community counting a growing number of registered users. It is designed to disseminate the editorial, curatorial and event activities among subscribers, to promote cultural activities and provide as many information, including but not limited to exhibitions and events, workshops, calls, etc.
MONTH IN REVIEW – An opportunity for you to briefly review all material and activities on a monthly basis.
ANTI-UTOPIAS EXHIBITIONS – You can find information on the various individual and collective exhibitions we are organizing with artists featured on Anti-Utopias.com. These exhibitions reunite artists from different countries and facilitate new perspectives on their work for the public. Anti-Utopias is an agent of cultural exchange between artists, galleries, institutions and art enthusiasts worldwide.
EXTERNAL PROJECTS – You can find information about other activities related to Anti-Utopias / Anti-Utopias.com and Xpose Art Collective, from editorial projects to various artistic manifestations we create for you. Anti-Utopias and Anti-Utopias.com are the node of other projects that complete the vision, mission, aims and strategy of Xpose Art Collective. (this section opens January 2013)
The Anti-Utopias NewsWire is a key element in providing top news about events, exhibitions, catalogue releases, biennials, open calls, and other artistic manifestations. The NewsWire was created to feature the various activities of artists who are part of the Anti-Utopias project, and is now a communication channel presenting selected news from the world of art. This service addresses artists, art galleries, museums, institutions, organizations, curators and theoreticians, and encourages them to feature news of their activities to be shared with a wider audience. The expanding network of news creates a point of reference for all those who wish to be informed of selected events taking place in the international circuit of professionals. When using the NewsWire, you will have access to a wide spectrum of activities, cultural and artistic events, and elements that facilitate and expand your knowledge in the field of art and criticism.
ARTIST INDEX – You can find artist profiles of all contemporary artists featured on Anti-Utopias.com, high quality images of their selected works, and news about their artistic activity.
BODIES – This section features works taking the body as agent of expression.
IDENTITIES – This section features works taking identity as agent of expression.
NARRATIVES – This section features works taking narratives as agents of expression.
Together, Bodies – Identities – Narratives create a first discussion thread, one that deals with the various forms of inner and self constructions.
SPIRITUALITIES – This section features works taking spirituality as agent of expression.
POLITICS – This section features works taking politics as agent of expression.
GLOBALIZATION – This section features works taking globalization as agent of expression.
Together, Spiritualities – Politics – Globalization create a second discussion thread, one that deals with various forms of exterior manifestations.
TECHNOLOGIES – This section features works taking technology as agent of expression.
NEW NATURES – This section features works taking new natures as agent of expression.
DIGITAL RENAISSANCE – This section features works taking the digital as agent of expression.
Together, Technologies – New Natures – Digital Renaissance create a third discussion thread, one that deals with the influence of the mechanisms we use to imagine our reality.
STRUCTURES, OBJECTS AND REPRESENTATIONS – This section is a fourth discussion thread, one that investigates the way the first three discussion threads are used to create structures, objects and representations of ourselves, reality and our surroundings.
VIDEO ART – This section is designed to facilitate your access to video works and is not a structuring category like those described above.
Featured background image: Anouk Wipprecht – DareDroid 2.0, 2010-2011, biomechanic cocktail making dress. Image © Jean-Sébastien Senécal and Anouk Wipprecht. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved
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