Clockshop is excited to partner with the Huntington Library on the fourth iteration of their /five program.
What kind of utopia can come out of these margins, negations, and obscurities? Who will even recognize it as a utopia? It won’t look the way it ought to.
—Ursula K. Le Guin
Beside the Edge of the World began with a treasured book in The Huntington’s collections: the first printing of Thomas More’s Utopia made in 1516. In the opening pages of this first edition is a map depicting the “Isle of Utopia,” a mythical place. For this year’s /five project, Clockshop invited three artists and two writers to consider More’s text and the institution where it is held—Henry Huntington’s version of utopia in Southern California—and embark on a journey of creative research.
The process of discovery started with the idea of an invented map and expanded to borders and edges, islands, temporarily forgotten histories, peoples whose lives had been carefully recorded and then forgotten, and utopian experiments in communal living in the 20th century. Many of these places, and the people who challenged the dominant narratives, existed on the periphery. This exhibition centers their stories. The five newly commissioned projects are seeded with remnants of the past while revealing new futures, new histories, and new legacies.