Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom


16 January 2016 – 22 January 2017

MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, façade of Building B

“Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom” is a project by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler that has been executed in various formats since 2014. Banners made by 12 artists will be presented on MOCAK’s elevation, showcasing utopian projections that serve the purposes of secession from and resistance to the world of now. Most of these banners were originally produced for the façade of the Secession in Vienna. 

Some works relate to the uprisings, occupations and social movements that have emerged in recent years, in a quest for a better world. Others are poetic references to the feeling that ‘something is missing’. They aim to liberate utopia from its totalitarian connotations and give it a fresh direction. The urge to create utopian visions manifests itself at times when people are searching for alternatives. Although the works are displayed consecutively, they interact, demonstrating different takes on the utopian drive of recent years.

The 12 banners (measuring 3.4 × 9 m) will be exhibited on the façade of Building B and changed monthly. They have been created by the following artists:

Mariam Ghani

Daniela Ortiz

Undrawing the Line

Halil Altindere

Giuseppe Campuzano / Miguel A. López

Matthew Hyland / Ines Doujak

Christoph Schäfer

Oreet Ashery

Bert Theis

Nobodycorp. Internationale Unlimited

Oliver Ressler


Publication: Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler (eds.). 288 p., London: Pluto Press, 2015