Imagery that reflects how the view of an Utopian society was never achievable

I was tasked yesterday to gather imagery that reflects and represents the view off modernity in today’s society.

With an understanding of Modernism, I thought I had this covered but Modernity is the overwhelming concept and Modernism was just the term applied to the artistic albeit creative movement that was inspired under Modernity.

The list of the 6 images are as follow: 1. Rapid and continual change, 2. Unceasing accelerated production, 3. A transformed human being, 4. The dominance of the secular, 5. Global inequality, 6. Popular culture that speaks to post-modernity. With a lot of these topics being close to my heart and with reflection, part of my artist book, I have to say I was surprised with how these topics have be represented in a single image.

As usual, I benchmarked 6 images for each topic and then chose the one that I thought best represents my interpretation of how the negative and positive impacts of Modernity has affected the world.

1. Rapid and continual change

We have evolved over many thousands of years but every so rapidly in the last 500, from Apes to over sharers.

We have evolved over many thousands of years but every so rapidly in the last 500, from Apes to over sharers. [Original source]

2. Unceasing accelerated production

We continue to produce at a rate which will see the extinction of our species, the planet will live on but the animal human will be no more.

We continue to produce at a rate which will see the extinction of our species, the planet will live on but the animal human will be no more. [Original source]

3. A transformed human being

We are a product of capitalism in the western world. We have had our nations categorised into either Underdeveloped, Developing or Developed all based on Eurocentric views - what about the culture of the human not the culture of capitalism and consumerism?

We are a product of capitalism in the western world. We have had our nations categorised into either Underdeveloped, Developing or Developed all based on Eurocentric views – what about the culture of the human not the culture of capitalism and consumerism? [Original source]

4. The dominance of the secular

Why the views of a culture different to our own make their people an outcast? In Australia our forefathers committed genocide on the Aboriginal people who inhabited Australia. Why does the developed world of the west insist on pushing their values on the east?

Why the views of a culture different to our own make their people an outcast? In Australia our forefathers committed genocide on the Aboriginal people who inhabited Australia. Why does the developed world of the west insist on pushing their values on the east? [Original source]

5. Global inequality

Again, another reflection expressed in my artist book - 'The only ones to disagree are millionaires'. Corporate greed is so huge, we are seeing companies saying that the access to water should not be a human right?

Again, another reflection expressed in my artist book – ‘The only ones to disagree are millionaires’. Corporate greed is so huge, we are seeing companies saying that the access to water should not be a human right? Original source

6. Popular culture that speaks to post-modernity

I am seeing that the steering of Post-Modernity is to correct the errors of Modernity. We don't live in a Utopian society, Modernity has failed, it is up to every individual to do anything they can to make society right, even if they think it is impossible.

I am seeing that the steering of Post-Modernity is to correct the errors of Modernity. We don’t live in a Utopian society, Modernity has failed, it is up to every individual to do anything they can to make society right, even if they think it is impossible. [Original source]

I know that some people may see this as a more radical view of thinking, but really it isn’t and is supported in many current text books.

All images have been sourced from the web and I acknowledge that they are not my own, and have hyperlinks to take you to the original location of the image.

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