Utopian Realism, a speech by Bruce Sterling

Transcript of a long speech by Sterling that starts of with Thomas Moore writing Utopia (a story I didn’t know and which is kinda fascinating) and then goes… places. The bit that really caught my eye, about halfway through, is about artist Alexander Calder who, per Sterling, made his own versions of everyday objects, such as forks, not because they were better but to understand them and make them his own.

These may not quite look like utopian objects, because they’re so personal. But it’s probably what a handmade personal Utopia actually has to look like. You have to dig down to the original basic principles.

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