The City of the New Sun




The information revolution and the new technological order have radically changed the outer part of our lives. As is usually the case, public consciousness does not have time to transform as quickly as technology and progress. Inevitably, questions arise: how to exist in this new world, what values to rely on, what is to guide us? The dogmas and traditions of the past inertially govern people, but they soon become obsolete and can no longer hold the rapidly changing social life within their bounds. At this point, utopian works emerge whose authors attempt to describe renewed models of an ideal society. Thus in the New Age, after the Great Geographical Discoveries had changed the traditional medieval order, classic idealistic literary works such as Thomas More's "Utopia" and Tommaso Campanella's "The City of the Sun" emerged. This project is a kind of reflection on the last work. But whereas in the past the ideal society was placed at the centre of the "perfect ruler", I am starting from the assumption that the modern ideal society can be organised by means of technological solutions, intelligence and the scientific method. After the collapse of simple "ironclad" modernist ideologies in the twentieth century, it is clear that modern utopia is a complex system of interactions between different structures.


The installation "The City of the New Sun" is a visual interpretation of the contemporary understanding of harmony. Entering the pavilion, the viewer sees a structure floating under the ceiling, with a "collider" oval in the centre, aka the energy installation of the future – the new Sun. A curtain of cables descends from the central ring, through which you can look upwards into a chambered, "secured" space and examine the intricate structure in detail. The rays of "streets" strive to the sides of the centre and conventional buildings pointing outwards.  It is a symbol of a society in which technology, information, the desire for security and tranquillity, and the strive for openness all intersect.