I made a big, huge painting of Europe, well not Europe but something similiar.  In fact it is European map, but very strange and awkward. It is relief map, size about  3,7 x 5 meters, where Europe is represent as an island completely isolated. Later,  above that map I shoot a movie. It is film about how Europe nowadays becoming  something else... This video shows Europe as a self-sufficient form of excistence, as  an Eutopia island which will soon become self-containment region in psychological  way. Something is very disturbing, about how we perceive Europe today. This video is  my projection of idea of Europe. In text below I use a lot of Slavoj Zizek thoughts on  Europe nowadays. The 20th century is over. A totalitarian regime is incapable of  surviving in the long run. If we want to maintain the image of ourselves we have in  the West, then we have to revisit the immense questions relating to the expansion of  democratic freedoms and to the process of self-emancipation. It is here where Europe  is most threatened. But I am convinced that we need Europe more than ever. Just  imagine a world without Europe. You would only have two poles left - the USA, with  its brutal neoliberalism, and so-called Asian capitalism, with its authoritarian political  structures. You would lose the most valuable part of the European legacy, where  democracy and freedom entail a collective action without which equality and fairness  would not be possible. We feel too guilty in Europe - our multicultural tolerance is the  effluent of a bad conscience, of a guilt complex that could cause Europe to perish. The  greatest threat to Europe is its inertia, its retreat into a culture of apathy and general  relativism. But are the refugees entering Europe not also offering themselves to  become cheap precarious workforce, in many cases at the expense of local workers,  who react to this threat by joining anti-immigrant political parties? For most of the  refugees, this will be the reality of their dream realized. The refugees are not just  escaping from their war-torn homelands; they are also possessed by a certain dream.  We can see again and again on our screens. Refugees in southern Italy make it clear  that they don’t want to stay there - they mostly want to live in Scandinavian countries.  And what about thousands camping around Calais who are not satisfied with France  but are ready to risk their lives to enter the United Kingdom? And what about tens of  thousands of refugees in Balkan countries who want to reach Germany at least? They  declare this dream as their unconditional right, and demand from European authorities  not only proper food and medical care but also the transportation to the place of their  choice. There is something enigmatically utopian in this impossible demand: as if it is  the duty of Europe to realize their dream, a dream which, incidentally, is out of reach  to most of Europeans. How many South and East Europeans would also not prefer to  live in Norway? One can observe here the paradox of utopia: precisely when people  find themselves in poverty, distress and danger, and one would expect that they would  be satisfied by a minimum of safety and well-being, the absolute utopia explodes. The  hard lesson for the refugees is that “there is no Norway,” even in Norway. They will  have to learn to censor their dreams: Instead of chasing them in reality, they should  focus on changing reality. One must thus broaden the perspective: Refugees are the  price of global economy. In our global world, commodities circulate freely, but not  people: new forms of apartheid are emerging... 
EUtopia / intermedia project / 2015 - 2016 
EUtopia intermedia project 2015/2016 relief map / film / video / interactive map / photography / installation