Terence Gower

New Utopias

2010
The expressive and functional relationship between architecture and ideology are subjects of great interest to Terence Gower, in particular the tropes, forms and "progressive tendencies" of modernist post-war buildings. In "New Utopias" the artist - who is also the narrator in the video - presents an entertaining and engaging demonstration of how three particular Utopian moments manifest themselves through form, or "containers," which as Gower explains "symbolize the ideal societies shown in the films under study." The "Mothership Blueprints" extrapolate visually on one of these Utopian containers: the P-Funk All Stars' "Mothership" and its affinities to NASA's designs for Apollo lunar capsules in the 1970s.
Title
New Utopias
Date
2010
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
high-definition video, 17:45 minutes, projector, projector cart, amplifier, speakers, cables, projection screen, and 6 chairs
Dimensions
2.2 x 4 x 7 m overall
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2012
Accession number
45578