Accessing the Intangible:
Although the notion of Utopia has rooted itself deep into the origin and core of human culture, it is evident to me, that its salvation and preservation is dependent on its ambiguity and fleeting fluidity. Utopia cannot be imagined in its static state as an unreachable perfect land, but rather as an evolving entity, constantly reflecting the inconsistencies of mankind.
If Utopia exists between the threshold of what is real, vs that which is imagined; what is known, vs that of the unknown – then Utopia is lost if it is fully understood.
Without a concrete condition to negate, Utopian impulses seem vague.
What began as a utopian promise to establish equality in a world wrecked by imbalance, globalization today has led to the standardization and reduction of cultural diversity.
With the categorical erasure of individual identity and the hapless attempts to preserve and horde past utopian fragments, cities today have transformed into Heterotopian Antiquities; where architecture and culture are experienced as curated artifacts, void of time and place.
Therefore, in the midst of this cultural pandemic, is there creative promise? Can there be Creativity in Preservation?