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Nazlıcan BİRİNCİ ERTÜRK, Pınar Kiliç Özkan, Gaye Birol

Abstract: Within this study, we claim that a relationship can be established between the tendency to minimalization, which stands against the tendency to the consumption-display-luxury, and the micro-utopias that are developed as a reaction to the utopia of mainstream art. Aim: In this study we reconsidered the concept of micro-utopia and aim to extend the conceptual and spatial meanings of it through the analysis of the film “Downsizing”. Method: We focused on the minimalist lifestyle within the framework of the relational aesthetic theory, which looks at art as a tool to create new possibilities through alternative art productions against the utopias of the main art movements. The concept of micro-utopia has been deciphered through the selected film. Not only the micro-utopian urban context is described, but also the social manifestations of spatial reflections are analyzed. Findings: The analyzes show us that utopia and micro-utopia give the same social results in the consumer society. Results: With this study we argue that micro-utopias cannot produce a significant difference in everyday life likewise minimalism cannot be the tool for producing new social solutions on its own.
Keywords: micro utopia / SPATIAL REFLECTION / tendency / art / minimalism / Downsizing / social

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