Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Artist Kamikaze VII: Dystopian

Next week at Pizza Luce is the opening for Artist Kamikaze VII: Dystopian

The event pairs artists who work in different media to collaborate in making art reflecting a theme. This year's theme is Dystopian, a word that seems to be popping up a lot these days. Dystopia is essentially an antonym of Thomas More's Utopia.

Dystopia has been defined as a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. "Utopia" is the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty. Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Famous examples include 1984 and Brave New World, and Ayn Rand's Anthem.

Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology, which if unaddressed could potentially lead to such a dystopia-like condition.

Other famous dystopian novels that we are familiar with include Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Iron Heel (Jack London), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K. Dick) and A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess).

An estimated 20 local artists have been randomly paired. The opening reception is slated for March 3, from 7-9 pm. The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite works from 7-8 with winners announced afterwards. There will also be music by Israel Malachi.

Previous Artist Kamikaze themes have included Monochromatic, Gnomes, Time, Elements and Intergalactic. This one sounds as interesting as can be.

*Much of this paragraph constructed from Wikipedia .

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