Workshop 1: De-Constructing Utopias

Dreaming Utopias

First Encounter: 21.04.2022

Here is the link you need to click for the first part of our meeting on Thursday, April 21 at 12:30PM: Meeting ID: 822 2813 8896 Passcode: 764260



12:30 Start time

10min Wait for people to sign in

10min Intro about the Oxford-UdK Berlin Boundary Project, who we are.

30min Introductory activity: What would you be in a garden of knowledge?

They can say their name, and answer that question with a person, object, plant, organism, natural phenomena and they say why. I have a map drawn up already of our Epistemological Garden and enter their answer into our first artwork live.

10min Intro to next activity: Breakout rooms to tables


1:30 Break out rooms, individual sharing


40min We each get a number 1-5, share your mini utopia with working groups, discuss, meet each other more intimately over tea.

10min Write three questions that challenge the next person in the line ups utopia (people are numbered 1-6) what are boundaries that might limit the realization of said mini utopia?

20min Work with your group and physical pen and paper to combine all 6 utopias to see where there are symbioses or contradictions- where utopias limit each other (note: we have not read our questions/boundaries to each others utopias to each other yet).

10min Gather as whole group: reading from Gary Snyder about positive importance of boundaries in ecological living. Consider implications.

10min Collate entire list of 3x6=18 (or 3x5=15) of challenging questions as a group.

15min Apply questions to collective utopia (the one we composed of the 6 mini utopias) and see what possibilities these questions/boundaries open up. for us in terms of practically creating the collective utopian vision

10min What kind of knowledge are we missing to answer these questions to see how this utopia could exist practically. What is our HW? What do we need to find out? Who will find out what?

3:25 Return to common ground


5min come back together, reflect say goodbye!

Art, Biodiversity, and Climate Network, TORCH Networks