‘I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism that would try not to judge, but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, and idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind and catch the sea-foam in the breeze and scatter it’
Foucault in ‘The Masked Philosopher’ (1980)
Heterotopia is being explored by artists in paintings, collages, photographs, films and installations. I have written a brief introduction to some of these artists’ work – art essay cont pdf. Examples of art inspired by heterotopia include:
Knut’s wider work is explored in:
2. Fiona Ackerman’s paintings have explored the art studio and gardens through the lens of heterotopia.
3. Many of Vincent J Stoker’s photographs re-interpret heterotopia.
4. French artist Thierry Fournier explores heterotopia as a network of interfaces and surfaces intimately coupling people and diverse forms of technology.
5. Lien Truong’spaintings include work that embraces heterotopias ‘as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces‘.
6. Karine Laval’s artistic practice encompasses photography, video and installation/projection and a recent body of her work explores gardens and heterotopia.
7. As seen in his exhibition, ‘The View of Heterotopos’, You Jin’s work references many contemporary spatial ideas, including heterotopia.
8. ‘Lost and Found‘ – a collaborative installation by artists Patrick Holley, Chris Lillywhite and April Virgoe – explores Foucault’s heterotopia par excellence: the ship.
10. ‘Tokyo Heterotopia’ is a theatrical investigation into urban otherness in Tokyo by Akira Takayama. The project first appeard at the Festival Tokyo 2013 as a theatrical performance radio tour. It is now available as a digital application on iPhone and smartphone.
11. One of the most remarkable heterotopic renditions of heterotopia is found in ‘Heterotopia in the Lavatory’, a photo-performance project undertaken by Irene Fernández Ramos. Irene reproduces classical paintings inside airplane toilets.
12. I would also pick out a book compiled by Shezad Dawood which was published on the occasion of an exhibition: Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia. Dawood integrates the concept here and there, particularly in relation to a film by Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).
Dawood, S. (2013) Black sun: alchemy, diaspora and heterotopia, London: Ridinghouse.
revised July 2018