Mobile Utopia

Mobile Utopia
Co-creation research project to creatively analyse and explore alternative futures.

Mobile Utopia 1851-2051 is a research co-creation project that seeks to develop a deeper understanding of mobile utopias (and dystopias), and to creatively analyse and explore these. Critically, ‘mobile utopias’ are not transport utopias. Communicative, imaginative, embodied and disembodied, utopian and dystopian mobilities of information, people, goods, ideas as well as practices of immobilising, obstructions, borders, stasis, slowness intersect in the making of pasts, presents, futures.

 

 

 

The project is developed through collaboration with different communities in Lancaster and Birmingham. It will take part in celebrations around the 500th Anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. The interdisciplinary group of researchers led by Nick Dunn, Professor of Urban Design, includes Monika BüscherLynne PearceNicola Spurling, and Carlos López Galviz. We will carry out a range of activities, including two workshops and a final exhibition.

 

Project Team

DunnDunn Nick Dunn Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation, Speculative Design, Future Cities
BüscherBüscher Monika Büscher Sociology / Anthropology / Cultural studies of mobilities, Technology (futures), Video Ethnography and Design, Ethnomethodological studies
Carlos Lopez-Galviz Carlos Lopez-Galviz Lecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures
Lynne Pearce Lynne Pearce Professor, English and Creative Writing
Nicola Spurling Nicola Spurling Lecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures

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Updates

Mobile Utopia at Somerset House

Event11 months ago
Mobile Utopia at Somerset House

24th of June 2016, Somerset House, London

Visual manifesto to be presented at the Utopia Fair.

Mobile Utopia will present their visual manifesto for the future, developed through collaboration with the artist Oliver East and co-created with members of the public, at the...Read full update

Mobile Utopia - Call for Artwork

Event1 year, 1 month and 4 days ago

19th of April 2016

This is an open call for proposals from artists on the theme of Mobile Utopia 1851-2051.

Mobile Utopia 1851-205􀏱1 seeks to develop a deeper understanding of mobile utopias (and dystopias), and to creatively analyse and explore these. Critically, ‘mobile...Read full update