Ideas of Utopia
7. June - 18. July
In two new photogravure projects, the artist Fiona Tan revolves around ideas on Utopia.
In the series Studies for Elsewhere, 2018, utopian notions are the starting point for Tan’s personal encounter with the city of Los Angeles. In Shadow Archive, 2019, Tan has constructed a fictional architecture to house Paul Otlet’s (1868-1944) utopian world archive, the Mundaneum. Today, the Mundaneum, also known as the ´Paper Google’, might be considered a milestone in data collection and management, the basic idea behind the Internet.
Fascinated but also puzzled by his grand and impossible visionary dream, I have designed and constructed a circular building to house his imaginary archive. But in keeping with the digital era we currently live in, this utopian architecture, which I have drawn up as realistically as possible and on a scale of one to one, has been built entirely digitally, using CGI computer software. – Fiona Tan
Fiona Tan, born in 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Fiona Tan works primarily with photography, film and video installation. Her works relate to themes such as identity, memory and history, often based on thorough research. Her latest project is currently part of her solo exhibition Shadow Archive at Musée des Arts Contemporains in Hornu, Belgium. Tan has written and directed two feature length films. In 2016–17 she received a scholarship for an artist residency at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. In 2019, Tan received the Spectrum International Prize for Photography in Germany. She represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Her work can be found in numerous international collections including the Tate Modern, London, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and the MCA, Chicago.
June 7, 17.00-19.00
Opening hours in the period:
Tuesday – Friday, 12.00-18.00