Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Emanuel Almborg

(PhD Candidate 2014-)

The Utopian Image – Absolute and Incomplete
The Conditions of a Utopian Function in Art and Artist-Film

‘The project investigates the conditions for a utopian function in contemporary art and the moving image. It starts from the premise that in recent times there has been a growing demand for new political and social visions and scenarios. The project asks what role art and the moving image can play in experimenting with and sketching of such visions and scenarios. It takes a starting point in research of historical utopias and fragments of lost futures and potentials. The first part of the project focuses on the 1960s Zagorsk school for deaf-blind children outside Moscow and its pedagogy, established together with philosopher Evald Ilyenkov and based on a social and cultural-historic understanding of consciousness and development.’

Archive image, Unknown photographer, The Zagorsk School, 1960s.

Archive image, Unknown photographer, The Zagorsk School, 1960s.

Collaboration between the Royal Institute of Art & Stockholm University of the Arts/Lund University.