“Utopia Is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures”

The political problem of today is not a lack of rigorous analysis, or a necessity for the revelation of the “truth,” but instead the need for a radical imagination: a way to imagine a world different from the world we have today.” – Stephen Duncombe

In a 2010 talk at the Walker Art Center, NYU professor Stephen Duncombe argued that art that reveals controversial truths can no longer be considered radical. It is the contemplation of utopian ideas that is activist— by imagining a more perfect world, people must acknowledge that certain elements of their present society are flawed.