In this video, DCCA Curator Maiza Hixson introduces the concept of imPERFECT CITY:
We wanted to share with you an exciting response to our recent Call for Submissions for imPERFECT CITY logos, which urged citizens to participate in the city by designing an emblem representing the concept of utopia.
Proposed by 41Utopia (Donald Dunham and Annette Giesecke), this logo is based on a quote from German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716): “The present is pregnant with the future.”
Giesecke and Dunham explain their design as follows:
“Aside from the typographic/acronymic representation of imPERFECT, the logo is comprised of an ellipse with a solid circle placed within its boundaries. This alludes to the “perfection” of the circle as a “perfect” seed within the more “imperfect” elliptical form (a circle may be defined as a special ellipse—both can also be derived from conic sections). The black circle within the green elliptical field could also be seen as a void or as a solid form (ou/no place, or eu/good place—Thomas More’s Utopia word-play). “Green” is etymologically derived from the Middle English and Old English word grene, which, like the German word grün, has the same root as the words grass and grow. It is also the color most commonly associated with nature, life, and hope.”
To read the whole proposal (which also includes a flag design), please click here, or find it listed on our Proposals page. If you wish to submit your own design for an imPERFECT CITY logo, please click here to access the instructions.
The imPERFECT CITY Blog is a forum for everyone to talk about proposals for utopia. We rely upon your input to create a transparent and democratic curatorial process.
Would each of you kindly take ten minutes to leave a comment on this post reacting to the proposals and your developing aspirations for the exhibition?
The DCCA curatorial staff recently received the following citizen response to Jules Bruck‘s imPERFECT CITY proposal, Whoʼs Downstream: An Exploration of the Impact of Urban Water Runoff.
“If it’s art, then it’s an expression of the artist and should engage at several levels: conceptual, emotional. If it’s education, then water running through cities is affected by ideas running through minds, and money running through politics, and policies running through governments. Water comes out dirty at the other end of the city. Idealism comes out fatalism at the end of politics. Optimism comes out pessimism after money talks. Youth comes out old age after lots of public comment! I learned so much from Buckminster Fuller’s focus on whole systems. It’s an important thing to educate people to understand that their interrelated actions multiplied by thousands of communities have global impacts. Communities that adopt green infrastructure practices and catch rainfall and keep it out of the sewer are making great strides forward. Good exhibits might use some way to show the contribution of 100,000 cars to polluted water. ” – Badwaterjournal
What do you think? Please share your own take on Jules’ proposal by clicking ‘Leave a Comment,’ to the left of this post.