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Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom. Undrawing the Line

Published at:25.04.2016

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom is a project by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler that has been executed in various formats since 2014. Banners made by 12 artists will be presented on MOCAK’s elevation, showcasing utopian projections that serve the purposes of secession from and resistance to the world of now. Most of these banners were originally produced for the façade of the Secession in Vienna.

In the current month (25.4–29.5.2016) we are showing the work:

Undrawing the Line
In the Shade of the Waq Waq Tree
2014

This is the first work by the collective Undrawing the Line – founded in Sydney by Mona Moradveisi, Safdar Ahmed, Zanny Begg, and Murtaza Ali Jafari – whose members are from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds. Their collaboration aims to challenge prejudices against refugees and to build connections between refugees and Australian citizens.

The Waq Waq Tree is an early mediaeval symbol of utopia, which originates in Indo-Persian lore. As a utopian concept, Waq Waq much preceded the imaginary ideal island which Thomas More described in his work Utopia (1516). Evocative of a reality after a deluge, the Waq Waq tree grows from the water and sprouts human fruits that can foresee the future. In this version, the fruits have the faces of the authors of the project. We can see a world in anaglyph 3D of nomadic birds and flying creatures. Anaglyph 3D disrupts signals between the left and the right eye, providing glimpses of an imaginary future without borders.

The 3D glasses can be borrowed from the Museum’s reception.