I’m writing this blog post from the cafe at Somerset House. We’re here for the Utopias Fair which is taking place in the courtyard and includes stands and stalls and many different wares and ideas related to the idea of utopia…
And it’s been a very strange time to do this.
When we first started this project, I don’t think the referendum was particularly on anyone’s mind. Now, we’re here, with our paintings, books, craft activities, our film, our performance which are all around the ‘utopian’ idea of welcome. What does it mean to be welcome? What does it mean to welcome? How do we welcome people?
But the talk on the stand is all about the referendum. How the result yesterday puts our little ‘utopian’ project into a very different context.
Perhaps now more than ever we have to think about utopia, and how we might make a better future.
So, how do we think about welcome, how do we communicate welcome, when as a country we just decided to leave the EU.
This is an interesting analysis by Jan Blommaert: