KAJET 2
ON UTOPIAS


Edited by Petrică Mogoș &
Laura Naum
English
240 pages
16.5 × 23 cm
Softcover

Price: 70 lei



"In the case of Eastern Europe, it is the very fluid history of the region that makes it the perfect site for critically delving into its troubled relationship with the notion of utopia. That is why, especially here, we must continue to juxtapose the current desolate order with a well-established ideal. Focusing on revolts and rebels, on insurgency and visionaries, on the speculative and idealistic, the second issue of KAJET Journal seeks to decipher and resurface utopian alternatives. At a time when the guarantee of liberal Westernism has reached a certain point of saturation in Eastern Europe, we've come to realise that we have been tricked into distrusting the existence of an alternative modernity, dooming ourselves to decades of stagnating, catching up, and forever emerging. In fact, utopia itself has become utopian—a forsaken relic of the past, a symbol of failure.

But storming palaces and booing speeches bear no meaning any longer, for these counter-hegemonic tactics have become largely ineffectual. We ultimately need to replace these excessive sentiments of powerlessness and disorientation with a new futurology of the East. We need to proclaim the end of the end of history, to reclaim the future, and to start building. Eventually, we end up asking ourselves:

Is there room for utopia after utopia?"

Texts by:
Anya Smirnova, India Lewis, Laura Naum, Irina Savin, Petrică Mogoș, Maisa Imamović, Seda Yıldız, Stanisław Welbel, Florina Năstase, George Jepson, Miruna Dunu, Jonas König, Uroš Pajović, Jeannette Petrik, without appeal (Will Gresson & Lia Boșcu), Cosmin Nicolae, Griet Menschaert, eeefff (Nicolay Spesivtsev & Dzina Zhuk), Sabin Borș, Ștefan Ionescu-Ambrosie

Visuals by:
Gabriel Barbu, Ana Maria Dudu, Natalia Drobot, Mihai Șovaială, Dominik Wojciechowski, Neal Gruer, Anna Grozavu, Cristi Iacob, Sasha Staicu, Cristi Savin, Sasha Litvintseva, Ana Maria Grigoriu, Alina Cristea, Anna Łyszcz & Olga Roszkowska, Nomado, Katarzyna Wąsowska, Simon Crofts, Océane Réveillac & Philipp Preiß

CHAPTERS:

0. Prologue: An Empty Utopia
I. Archaeologies of the Future
II. Fabric of Time
III. Architecture as a Machine for Living
IV. Imagining the Radical
V. Easternfuturism

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