Self-determined progression towards an unspecified future (hope), Ernst Bloch suggests, occurs extra-territorially, a space where ‘individuals are not what they are but what they will be’. In this way, endeavour in the now is united with aspiration for the future. This shift from being to becoming is expressed through Bloch’s notion of ‘homeland’; a place that 'appears to everyone in childhood but in which no one has ever dwelled’. The project takes Bloch’s notion of homeland as a conduit to explore radio as a liminal space that traverses the intellectual and transcendental, holding (utopian) energy in its roving, elusive nature and potential for unknown audience.
Homeland takes place alongside The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion, a conference co-organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and Bakhtin Centre at Sheffield University, and includes contributions by Black Dogs, Spartacus Chetwynd, Stephen Connolly, Freee, Toby Huddlestone, A Place of Their Own, The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group with Maresa MacKeith and Ange Taggart, Becky Shaw, and Dan Smith. Homeland aims at interweaving through the temporal, spatial and academic framework of the conference.
Following the broadcast will be a screening of films by Spartacus Chetwynd and Stephen Connolly. A short run publication will also be available including works from Homeland's participants.
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