Reevaluating the idea of utopia and the ability for artists and designers to model future worlds
Mary And The Grange
Utopian projects often fail because of the way in which they are executed. What, in your opinion, are projects that might have been successful had they been implemented in a different way? Would they be more cooperative? Non-hierarchical? Structured? Inclusive? Exclusive? What does it mean to “fail” or “succeed” as a utopian project?
How are Mary’s projects or The Grange enacting some of these past ideas? What are they doing differently? How are they benefitting from being part of this contemporary moment?
Looking at the work of both Mary and The Grange from the perspective of a Dystopian and Utopian views, I think it comes down to optimistic vs pessimistic, both are optimistic, but I believe the dividing line is, in Mary’s project she explores more of the possibilities of what the future might be, that what ifs which could be an excellent way to prevent what’s to come. it’s a strong project became it outline many of the problems we are faced with today. and if we could implement some of those ideas into The Grange, it would maybe help to address problems with hunger as Mary’s highlight displacement and homelessness. I think Mary’s project is for a great cause and might someday aid us well in the future. Non-Zero-sum found.
the reason I thing most Utopian projects fail is because they are not open to the community so everyone can contribute what they feel might be best for the group, it always a uniform based on one mans ideologies. so if your ideas aren’t open for debate no-one will ever see the mistakes until it’s too late. that’s the biggest lessen to be learned. no man is an island alone. everyone must be given a fair chance. and that doesn’t go in these Utopias. there can’t be any division.