Housing Now, Utopia Later

Practical dreaming in CCAC's new show

Inflatable Walls: Michael Rakowitz's paraSite (Boston), part of "Utopia 
Now!" at CCAC.
Inflatable Walls: Michael Rakowitz's paraSite (Boston), part of "Utopia Now!" at CCAC.

Utopian fantasies have always been products of their times, revealing the imbalances and aspirations of the culture that conceives them. The partial, temporary solutions that dominate this show reflect our contemporary psyche in more ways than one: While our dreams are perhaps more sober and mature than those of past generations, we are also far more complacent. Several of the ideas articulated here are both imaginative and resourceful, and we can certainly use some practical antidotes to afflictions of modern society such as inadequate housing and poverty. But equally necessary are the unwieldy, impractical dreams, the ones that inspire faith that revolution is viable, that a more humane, more just, more peaceful world can be attained. What "Utopia Now!" fails to deliver is any hope that a more comprehensive utopia is still possible.

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