CONCRETE UTOPIA
Since 2008
info@concreteutopia.org
Works in New York, New York United States of America

BIO
CONCRETE UTOPIA is a project space devoted to the innovative cultivation of creative practice and discourse. The space, which opened in Williamsburg in the fall of 2010, hosts group shows, solo shows, site-specific installations, collaborations, film and video screenings, performances, readings, off-site interventions, and anything we dream up. This is our platform. And we are excited.

The name of the space is originally inspired by the philosophy of Ernst Bloch, but taken specifically from an address by Peter Noever, Director of the MAK center for art in Vienna, wherein he states "there is nothing more realistic than concrete utopia. Concrete utopias are not abstract fantasies, nor wishful thinking, but unactualized potentials." Though Noever's text proceeds to address the museum's potential as an anticipation of what is to come, we, in our space, believe that we are what is to come--utopia in its perpetual state of being actualized, in its most palpable and material possibility.

With this is mind, UTOPIA is also an open space of immodest humor, of mistakes, and of dubious uncertainty. We are a project space, a work in progress, a constant reinvention. CONCRETE UTOPIA is collectively-structured, and its participants volunteer in diverse capacities, bringing to the space diverse skills, interests, and educational backgrounds.
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EVENT

i am not a good enough feminist


Dates:
Sat May 07, 2011 19:00 - Sat May 28, 2011

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

i am not a good enough feminist is a group exhibition and publication. In an era of presumed gender equality and celebrated civil rights achievements, have we become complacent and disinterested in the discourse of feminism today? This project seeks to investigate feminism as a historically situated moment and the possibilities and necessities of its contemporary manifestations. As a project, i am not a good enough feminist is the interdisciplinary convergence of artists, writers, activists and intellectuals contemplating their relationship to feminism. The exhibition and publication integrate well-established voices in art and scholarship with emerging young artists in what promises to be an egalitarian, earnest, collective effort to question, confront and inspire.
Join us.


OPPORTUNITY

i am not a good enough feminist @ CONCRETE UTOPIA


Deadline:
Sun Feb 20, 2011 00:00

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

i am not a good enough feminist is an exhibition and publication that seeks to investigate Feminism as a historically situated moment and the possibilities and necessities of its contemporary manifestations. Though organized by and stemming from an artistic mission, this project invites not only artists, writers, and other individuals from other artistic practices, but also an interdisciplinary group of activists and intellectuals to contemplate their experiences with, preconceptions of, and convictions surrounding Feminism.
Inherent to this project is an investigation of resistance to the word and concept of Feminism, perhaps manifesting in a new vocabulary with shared aims.
The project has a dual source and search. On the one hand, we contemplate anxiety surrounding Feminism’s legacy, the hypothetical realization of our forbears’ goals, the danger of nullifying progress by inadequate engagement with the term. On the other hand, we perceive disbelief from within our generation and without, over the relevance of whatever we could do. Through both these lenses, we hope to recognize, articulate, commiserate, and organize surrounding the paralysis of moving Feminism forward.
Accepting submissions in all media, as well as text-based submissions for the publication. 
Please send submissions to : info@concreteutopia.org.


EVENT

POTLUCK DIALOGUES


Dates:
Sat May 09, 2009 00:00 - Sat Apr 11, 2009

VIDEO SCREENIG + DINNER + INFORMAL ARTISTS' ROUND TABLE

6-9pm
Artists Space
38 Greene Street
New York, NY
&
Bétonsalon
9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rez-de-Chaussee de la Halle aux Farines
13eme arrondissement à Paris

Dialogues is a collaboration between fifteen French and fifteen American or New York-based artists, paired up to make work for this two-part, four-space exhibition. Each pair of artists works together to translate each other's work and collaborate to produce a series of projects engaged with issues of communication, miscommunication, translation, and separation. After the two-week exhibition, DIALOGUES migrates to Artists Space in New York and Bétonsalon in Paris for a screening of all video work and documentation of the project, as well as an informal round table discussion with the artists (in New York AND in Paris) over dinner. An edition published as both a document of and supplement to the exhibition, will be available for purchase at all four locations of the project, as well as by request at potluckcollective@gmail.com.

Participating artists:
Guillaume Pavageau + Ryan Johns, Vincent Blanc + Dena Yago, Alain Declerq + Dan Carlson, Sebastien Pluot + Carolyn Clayton, Manuel Houssais + David Lasky, Erika Reault + Rina Goldfield, Oceane Feral + Cibyl Delaire, Anne Sophie Ducas + Janine Iversen, Melodie Lutton + Kate Verdickt, Freddy Guedot + Curver, Raphael Zarka + Joshua Harris, Chloe Larus + Jennie Hagevik Bringaker, Aurelia Legoff +Habby Osk, Alice Ruffini + Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Hugo Bregeau + Lane Sell

POTLUCK is a project formed around ideas of convergent creation, consumption, and discussion, and functions as a series of migrating group exhibitions and events. Founded at Art in General in 2007, the project has a two-part goal to both act as a liaison between the academic and the exhibition setting, as well as to foster community by concurrently interlacing local, yet often separated, student arts communities. For more information on past and upcoming projects, please visit www.btwpotluck.com.

Sponsored in part by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. This funding is made possible through a generous gift from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Barnard College Department of Art History and Visual Arts, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts d’Angers, France, Ecole Supérieure des Arts décoratifs de Paris, ICART, Ecole du commerce de l’art et de l’action culturelle en Europe, and ARTISTIK RESAU.
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Additional support provided by Betonsalon, Paris and Artists Space, New York.
www.artistsspace.org
www.betonsalon.net


EVENT

POTLUCK: DIALOGUES


Dates:
Sat Apr 25, 2009 00:00 - Sat Apr 11, 2009

Location:
United States of America

POTLUCK DIALOGUES
Opening Reception
Saturday, April 25th
2-4pm
Watson Hall
612 W 115th Street
New York, NY
&
20-22h
Angers, France

Dialogues is a collaboration between fifteen French and fifteen American or New York-based artists, paired up to make work for this two-part, four-space exhibition. Each pair of artists works together to translate each other's work and collaborate to produce a series of projects engaged with issues of communication, miscommunication, translation, and separation. The realization of all the collaborations will open as an exhibition of sorts simultaneously at Columbia University and ENSBA in Angers, with a live video broadcast between the two spaces. After the close of the exhibition, DIALOGUES will migrate to a subsequent video screening and round table discussion with the artists at Artists Space in New York and Bétonsalon in Paris. An edition published as both a document of and supplement to the exhibition, will be available for purchase at all four locations of the project, as well as by request at potluckcollective@gmail.com.

Participating artists:
Guillaume Pavageau + Ryan Johns, Vincent Blanc + Dena Yago, Alain Declerq + Dan Carlson, Sébastien Pluot + Carolyn Clayton, Manuel Houssais + David Lasky, Erika Reault + Rina Goldfield, Oceane Feral + Cibyl Delaire, Anne Sophie Ducas + Janine Iversen, Melodie Lutton + Kate Verdickt, Freddy Guedot + Curver, Raphael Zarka + Joshua Harris, Chloé Larus + Jennie Hagevik Bringaker, Aurélia Legoff +Habby Osk, Alice Ruffini + Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Hugo Brégeau + Lane Sell

POTLUCK is a project formed around ideas of convergent creation, consumption, and discussion, and functions as a series of migrating group exhibitions and events. Founded at Art in General in 2007, the project has a two-part goal to both act as a liaison between the academic and the exhibition setting, as well as to foster community by concurrently interlacing local, yet often separated, student arts communities. For more information on past and upcoming projects, please visit www.btwpotluck.com.

Sponsored in part by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. This funding is made possible through a generous gift from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Barnard College Department of Art History and Visual Arts, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts d’Angers, France, Ecole Supérieure des Arts décoratifs de Paris, ICART, Ecole du commerce de l’art et de l’action culturelle en Europe, and ARTISTIK RESAU.
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Additional support provided by Bétonsalon, Paris and Artists Space, New York.
www.artistsspace.org
www.betonsalon.net

Also:
Brunch and Round-table discussion
Saturday, May 9th
6-9pm
Artists Space
38 Greene Street
New York, NY
&
Bétonsalon
9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rez-de-Chaussée de la Halle aux Farines
13ème arrondissement à Paris