To celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's Utopia, and to accompany the exhibition of the original manuscripts by the Museum of Leuven, we are seeking to curate the publication of a series of live online performances, to take part in three dimensional world of Minecraft.
In this project we will reconstruct the mythical island of utopia, through a participatory design process working with schools, communities and experts from around the world.
These workshops will take place over a 6 month period, and will be documented in video to create an ongoing open culture archive. This archive will be used to inform both the final performance, and the design of the open source software created by the project.
One of the methods we will be using is “statistical chain reaction” borrowed from Rimini Protokoll’s performance 100% City which enables the personalised recommendations of individuals to select a representative group.
This “legislation” will be encoded as cryptographic digital contracts, that utilise a serverless p2p architecture.
The project culminates with a 72 hour performance, in which the community will build utopia block-by-block in Minecraft, accompanied by live spoken word pieces curated from a global community. The build will be filmed using high definition time-lapse cinematography, streamed and remixed live on www.utopia.fm.
Utopia is a work of art in which community, spoken word, and software build to create a live performance, a multiplayer game, and a radical legal form, that captures the fears and aspirations of its participants encoded on the block chain.
The format of the presentation would be as discursive as we can make it. We aim to show how everyone can participate in the design and construction of this social simulation.