Cruising utopia: a riff on longing, desire and the yet-to-come in politics and performance

Walsh, Aylwyn and Tsilimpounidi, Myrto (2015) Cruising utopia: a riff on longing, desire and the yet-to-come in politics and performance. In: CAPPE 10th annual interdisciplinary international conference: Utopias, 2-5 September 2015, Brighton.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Lecture)
Item Status:Live Archive


Setting: an urban nowhere. A dialling tone. A neon light flickers.

Hello? Are you there?
Can you hear me? The connection is -

From this side
The dirty secret seems like a promise

I can’t tell if you are being serious -

The missive on the back of the toilet cubicle
Tells a story
For anyone who still reads graffiti

I <3 U
For a good time, call 555-HOPE

But where are you? What hope?

You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy Utopia. You cannot make Utopia. You can only be the Utopia. Utopia is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin. We can't stop here. We must go on. We must take the risks.

Sorry. Come again?

I’m harnessing the power of the cruise
The potency of willing revolutionary change through the everyday
The edging towards a future that is not yet in place
The disappearance of the here and now

Wait. You just got all robotic.
Are you just talking about sex again?

Staging a queered dialogue between Plato’s prisoners, Jose Muñoz, Tim Etchells, Ursula Le Guin and Jill Dolan, this performance lecture seeks relationality between pedagogies of resistance and mapping spaces of desire.

Ministry of Untold Stories explores politics that camp beyond the melancholy of the left.

Keywords:Utopia, Performance lecture, Plato's Cave, bmjholiday
Subjects:L Social studies > L222 Democracy
W Creative Arts and Design > W890 Imaginative Writing not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
L Social studies > L218 Anarchism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:18491
Deposited On:31 Aug 2015 15:57

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