December 2000

DYSTOPIA + IDENTITY IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

DYSTOPIA. CURATED BY CRISTINE WANG (CURATOR, NEW MEDIA ARTS)

MACHINES WILL LEAD TO A NEW ORDER BOTH OF WORK AND OF LEISURE”

[Le Corbusier, Vers une Architecture (1923)]

Artists at the beginning of the 20th century sought towork in hybrid forms, as a socially-oriented movement, anutopian vision which embodied the idealism of a neworder, believing itself capable of changing, reforming,reordering–totally changing all aspects of human life.They embraced the notion of the all-encompassing role ofart: the profound belief in the ability of art to effectchange.

Almost one hundred years later, into the new millenium,we have seen the effects of this utopian vision: thefailure of modernism and its various permutations on aglobal basis.

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