13.10.15 utopia box with seamsMethod of Making

If we first understand that utopia is a process, rather than an achievable geographic location, then we can begin to understand the prospect of utopia itself. Utopia is creativity. In the process of creating, we are generating pieces of utopia; fragments that benefit the way we live. These fragments of utopia, however, are cyclical, and depend upon the creative attention within society and self. If both society and self are found complacent with no creative production, then the process of utopia is reversed to a process of dystopia. Dystopia over time leads to oppression as society and self become vulnerable from disconnection. The only way to be pulled out of dystopia is reviving the process of creativity. This process yields fragments of utopia.

The box above is more than a box. It illustrates a creative method that fully engages whomever attempts to put the pieces back together. However, the box can never be reassembled once it has been fragmented. Utopia is in the assembly of the box. We can never achieve utopia, but we can engage in its process through creative thought and action.

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Oppression yields Creativity

Creativity, in both activity and thought, is a combination of the conscious mind and the unconscious mind at work. Because the conscious mind is a perception of surrounding stimuli, it is proportional to society, the beholder of surrounding stimuli. Because the unconscious mind is instinctual and unexplainable to outsiders of the individual, it is proportional to self.

Life is a series of overcoming adversities. When at any time, society is hit with a disruption, it becomes the responsibility of self to keep the process of utopia in balance. Thus self is acting creatively and a fragment of utopia is achieved, and vice versa. When society is hit with a disruption and self is simultaneously hit with a disruption, there is no balance and therefore no creativity. With no creativity, there is no potential for utopian fragments, and dystopia takes effect as a result of dys-creativity. This complacency in thought and activity puts society and self at danger of falling into oppressive behavior. Being that society and self comprise the ability to overcome adversity, oppression is fought with creativity.

There have been instances throughout the 20th century that illustrate this cycle. Constructivism was an approach to working with materials as a method of transforming the social and political after the October Revolution. Suprematism was an interlude, which advanced the studies of Constructivism to an interest in the spirit through form, an interest in the social advancing over the political. And Deconstructivism was a look back at these former movements, again relating this interest in the social to one of the technical. The images below explain this cyclical process through equation:

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