Utopian Dinner Party exhibition at Jan van Eyck Academy

Master’s students in Arts & Heritage at FASoS haved worked on a project around Utopia with researchers at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. This collaboration resulted in the exhibition ‘Utopian Dinner Party‘, to be seen at the academy from 26 September-30 October 2015, Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 18.00.


This exhibition took as its starting point a dinner party at the Van Eyck. Invited were among others Sir Thomas More, Michel Foucault, Walt Disney, Chantal Mouffe, Marshall McLuhan, Carl Sagan and Susan Sontag. Over dinner, the guests engaged in a scripted conversation that revealed some of the successes, failures, limits and absurdities of utopia. Framing the dinner party not as a live event but as a cinematic moment, the resulting film(s) made for a dynamic, discursive installation in which ideas were not only displaced in time but also within the limits of the architecture of the building.

The Utopian Dinner Party is organised by Van Eyck participants Christophe Clarijs, Marine Delgado, Alessandro Bertelle, Yuyeon Cho and Brenda Tempelaar in collaboration with Maastricht University Master students Gintare Medisauskaite, Annelie Graf, Julie de Munck, Cristina Stoenescu.


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