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My short Eutopia Essay- We got good reviews in Europe CCRN Luxembourg

In 1516 Sir Thomas More conceived Utopia as a fictional island
in the Atlantic Ocean constructed as an ideal society. The name, from Greek
origin, means no-place. Eutopia on the other hand, originally means a good-place.
It is speculated that More was aware of the double entendre.
The word utopia has come to mean the search for ideal communities,
whether economically, religiously, in government, or ecologically.
Eutopia is a place where people live in plenty, in health, in peace,
in prosperity with freedom and opportunity. Eutopia is an imaginary. The word Eutopia
is a far goal and a mirage, but one that beckons. The utopian impulse is where we look
to the future, and place ourselves in relation to what could be.
Eutopia was organized by Cultureinside.com, an international group of artists based
in Luxembourg and New York . Our mission is to create sustainable artist communities
on the web and the world. We support exhibitions, artist initiatives, commerce, discussions
and interventions as part of our artist activity
We have mounted “Eutopia” in cooperation with Le Centre Culturel de
Recontre Abbaye de Neumunster, which has generously provided space and
support for our exhibition.
In recent years it has been passé to speak about the future. In
literature and film, dystopian stories abound. . The future is viewed
darkly. The world is seen bound toward ruin and destruction.
Modernism and the age of ideology seared us with totalitarianism,
mind control, war and dreams unfulfilled; we now hesitate to look forward to
any future. We have turned around to look at and mine the past instead. In
an article in the Boston Post, Joshua Glenn writes about cultural critics
Fredric Jameson and Russell jacoby, who have written independently
about the lost utopian spirit
“ The question, for thinkers like these, is how to revive the spirit
of utopia - the current enfeeblement of which, Jameson claims,
''saps our political options and tends to leave us all in the helpless
position of passive accomplices and impotent hand-wringers" - without
repeating the errors of what Jacoby has dubbed ''blueprint
utopianism," that is, a tendency to map out utopian society in minute
detail. How to avoid, as Jameson puts it, effectively ''colonizing the
future.” (2005)
The meaning of “Eutopia” was refracted by us in several ways as we
named the exhibition. The first meaning is an acknowledgment of the
European experiment, which compared to the past, in it's barest
outline, is moving closer to the Utopian dream. Europe has accomplished so
much in the last 25 years in initiating and implementing changes that protect individuals,
provide freedoms, opportunity, a social safety net, and open national
and economic barriers. We noticed a secondary meaning of “Eutopia.” We are an
online group. Notice the first letter E, in the beginning of the word “Eutopia”.
E- can show our connections to the Internet (as in E-Bay). The Internet, still in its
infancy, is connecting people throughout the world, providing information, education and cultural space.
'Although, there are negative alliances and groups on the web, we believe the Internet is generally an
extremely positive development, particularly in the world of art. " Cultural space is political space. “ (2001)
In regard to political space, we joined the dialog marking the current
European Year of Poverty and Social Exclusion. It is important to cast
our search for the future with a critical eye in the present. People
have been left behind in the social contract. We construct a space between
what is and what can be, in imaginal and pictorial form. It is important for artists t
o illustrate, define, expose, and express the realities they see around them. Artists have
the ability, and we believe the necessity to make their art relevant to aesthetic, philosophic,
or political issues of the day. If it is not relevant today, will it be relevant in the future?

References
Glenn, J., Boston Globe, 11/20/2005 found at
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2005/11/20/back_to_...
Ferrell, J. (2001). Tearing down the streets: Adventures in urban
anarchy. New York, NY: Palgrave.

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Comment by Frank Shifreen on November 26, 2010 at 6:09am
Thanks Dr. Challa
Always enjoy reading your feedback and ideas. You are one of the bright lights in our artist networks and I am not trying to butter you up!
Warm regards - Frank
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on November 26, 2010 at 4:49am
"E" means electronic! Globalization & internet has its draw backs too. Please read my discussion on this topic in the forum section. I am not a pessimist but I want to bring truth before he world. Only when you realize a problem exists, you can solve it.
On the other hand here we live in reality, not in dreams. We have a positively growing economy, good opportunities in all fields, happiness in almost all the faces around us. Naturally it reflects in our art too!

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