Night school on Anarres – Imaginings of an anarchist Utopia
Night school on Anarres was an educational experiment examining the Utopian proposals of twentieth-century anarchism. Drawing from Ursula K Le Guin’s seminal utopian novel The Dispossessed, members of the public were ‘invited’ onto the anarchist planet Anarres to participate in classes and performative workshops in order to understand how language can be employed to imagine alternative ways of living.
Onkar Kular is the current Stanley Picker Fellow in Design and the newly appointed Professor in Design Interventions at HDK, Gothenburg University. His work investigates how contemporary design practice, its processes, methodologies and outputs can be used as a medium to engage with, and question the understanding of cultural and popular issues. Using a range of different media, his work is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and film festivals.
Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of history, memory, cinema and literature. His research-based works examine how fictions influence the collective consciousness, be it as history, myth or memory forming. This is realised through an original way of deconstructing and reconfiguring cinematic and literary codes, conventions and structures, and weaving them with historical materials, thereby complicating and questioning the divide between artefact and artifice. His work is exhibited, screened and published internationally.
Dr Simon Coffey and Dr Martin Edwardes are based in the Department of Linguistics, King’s College London.
Neil Denny from Little Atoms talks to Dr Martin Edwardes, Department of Linguistics at King's; Namuun Zimmermann, Film Director and Designer; and artist Nestor Azevedo Pestana about their work Night School on Anarres.