Utopia By Design
37 Nations from Six Continents
(The Great Arch entrance on Victoria Embankment)
The Biennale's diverse installations, artworks, prototypes and designs were curated by the world's leading museums and institutions from 37 countries spanning over six continents, each exploring the theme, Utopia by Design: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Shenzhen-China, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Dino Korca: The Pursuit of Happiness
The Biennale featured a highly curated public talks programme, where Dino Korca was invited to give a presentation that it was titled: “The Pursuit of Happiness”.
“A map of the world that does not include utopia is not even worth glancing at,” wrote Oscar Wilde “for it leaves out the country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias.” In this presentation, Dino Korca talked about the idea of progress, where the Pursuit of the idea is more interesting than the final destination.
Utopia has come to mean a place of ideal perfection, for Korca, however, utopia is a journey rather than a destination. He says:
“There is no such thing as a perpetually perfect place, because life itself is but motion, always in a state of change. We are driven by a desire for an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the restlessness, a deep, innate desire to keep moving forward, evolving, progressing.”
The Exhibit featured is organized and curated by Albanian Institute New York for Google Cultural Institute, 2016.
Albanian Pavilion was commissioned by the Albanian Institute New York, the administering body, the sculpture was designed by Helidon Xhixha, and the installation was curated by Dino Korca.
Photography: Jordi Rubio, unless otherwise noted