1111 8th Street
San Francisco, California

How to Talk About Utopia Without Saying Utopia, takes as its starting point the history of 19th century California communes. The works in this exhibition consider the relationships between alternative forms of social organization and fictional narratives in order to reflect upon utopias of the past, the present or for the future. Featuring a series of works by Anthony Marcellini and Matthew Rana, this exhibition reflects upon the experience of searching for utopias. The floor of the gallery will be covered in sod. Out of the floor will rise a mound to serve as a platform for public address. Spanning 36 feet across the gallery wall will be the Karl Marx Tree, a life-size painting of the largest sequoia in the world and a marker disputing its ‘official’ name. In addition to this work will be the Inward Looking or Outward Facing (Bench) a utilitarian sculpture based on non-hierarchical structures, which will also house a utopian resource library.

Also on Saturday, April 19th beginning at 5pm, an all-night film program where individuals can bring sleeping bags and/or tents to spend the night watching films and videos showing different representations of utopia.

Official Website: http://www.playspace.org

Added by libbysniche on April 10, 2008

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