Logbook entry 27.9
”What is utopia when there is no progress?”
Is this question, recorded on Brioni, the utterance of a revolutionary who wants to break with the modern idea of progress, or maybe, a frustrated observation from whithin some ”wannabe” utopia?
The first utopias where closely connected to an idea of a perfect world. The idea of progression into something even better seemed unneccessary and absurd. A continous tinkering with the world represented a desire to play God, a apetite for more, and more. The premise is one of totality, that the utopian world is one immense and self-sufficient system – change anything in it, no matter how small, and the rest will neccessarily be altered in unexpected ways. On an island such as Brioni, with its isolation and isolation, such a utopia is close at hand. An ethos of being, just being, traps ones mindset. This is the utopia with no progress.
More recently an ethos of praxis has entered utopian thought. Narrative enters utopia, and all actions are steps in the production of utopia. In Erik Olin Wrights book ”Envisioning Real Utopias” utopia becomes a series of projects and experiments. Wright: ”The best we can do, then, is to treat the struggle to move forward as an experimental process in which we continually test and retest the limits of possibility.(p373).” This is certainly a pragmatic view. At the same time Wrights compromise tells a lot about how big an effort it is, as in the early Utopias, to try to imagine a world without negativity.
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Logbook entry 27.9
“These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.”
Left alone like that, their aesthetics yield to a rare utopian vision of the former Yugoslavian dictator. Same Tito who retreated to Brioni in the summers. Same Brioni where Ykon will host its next summit and investigate the future..
Here are more examples of these abandoned monuments.
“Together, joined in effort by the burden, they stag gered up the last steep of the mountain. Together, they chanted One! Two! Three! and crashed the log on to the great pile. Then they stepped back, laughing with triumphant pleasure…”
- William Golding, from Lord of the Flies
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