Whose Utopia (2006) centers on the lives of workers at the Osram lighting factory in China’s Pearl River Delta region, an area outside Hong Kong that is a site of nationwide migration by people seeking expanded work opportunities in the country’s blossoming economy. Over the course of six months, Cao Fei filmed daily life at the factory, highlighting the mechanized tasks performed by employees, while also interviewing them about their motivations for working there. Based on their responses, she then collaborated with the workers to develop the performances that comprise the central section of the video. In costumes or street clothes, these anonymous figures dance and play music while other employees, unnoticing, continue to work around them. The poetic, dreamlike vision of individualism within the constraints of industrialization illuminates the otherwise invisible emotions, desires, and dreams that permeate the lives of an entire populace in contemporary Chinese society.
- Nat Trotman (http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artwork/22047)
"It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished."
Cutteslowe Wall, Oxford (1934-1959)
Erected to separate council estates from private housing.
Luis Callejas, Every Building is a Tank
Richard Dattner’s PlayCubes (1969)
Richard Dattner, plan for an adventure playground (1966)