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Paths to Utopia

Paths to Utopia was a collection of new art works that is a summation of collaborations between artists, performers, architects, technologists and King’s academics.

Our Utopian audiences had the chance to encounter whales; ascend to a community on the clouds; witness the ubiquitous, transcendent pursuit of creativity; take part in a unique educational experiment on a distant planet and much more. 

This wide-ranging exhibition featured new works from Le Gun Collective, author Philip Hoare and artist Caitlin Shepherd amongst others, including films, immersive installations, durational performance, a national scratch choir, and talks and research that allowed audiences to gather a figurative map of what Utopia means today.  

Paths to Utopia was part of the Utopia 2016 season, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s seminal text Utopia – the largest celebration of his work anywhere in the world. The season spanned the realms of art, academia, literature, fashion, design, architecture and beyond, featuring a varied and vibrant programme of special events, exhibitions, new commissions and activities across King’s College London, Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute and Gallery, as well as other partners across the UK. 

It was supported by the university's Culture team.

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