Introduction: Art as Language, Utopia as Discourse

  • Julia Ramírez Blanco
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)


Ramírez Blanco explains how Artistic Utopias of Revolt addresses the study of various social movements in the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The methodology of this study combines practices of art history and utopian studies: reading the visual and symbolic elements of activism to access the collective ideals of social movements or their ‘utopian subtext’. The introduction also provides an account of certain key terms: if art is understood in the sense of human creativity, utopianism is explored in its dimensions of collective practice and production of spatiality. The author introduces her concept of ‘utopias of revolt’, where utopian experimentation takes place within a context of political conflict, and where it is impossible to separate proposal and protest.


Utopianism Social movements Aesthetics 


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  • Julia Ramírez Blanco
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  1. 1.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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