Dystopian Optimism

Dystopian Optimism to counter precariousness as the condition of our time
Joeri Verbesselt

Our future imagination suffers from an impasse between technological optimism and dystopian visions of the end of humankind. ‘Dystopian Optimism’ counters globally interconnected precariousness as the condition of our time. It recognizes dystopia as a societal reality and proposes to complement it with optimism: a fiction that enables one to project a different future on oneself or the world. Embedded in the fields of contemporary audiovisual arts and art history, Dystopian Optimism functions as a compass to navigate an iconological map of imaginaries around ecological issues.

This PhD centres around a slow voyage to and around Taiwan as a test‐case for future world imaginations. Aside of a dissertation disclosing the concept of Dystopian Optimism and the iconology (profound image interpretation) of ecological imageries, this artistic research consists of a continuous videographic journal that results in a series of films.

Prof. Hilde van Gelder, Wendy Morris
8 Oct 2019