In Australia attendances at festivals have skyrocketed in recent years. These organised celebrations of music, food, lifestyle and at times mayhem attract devotees from a broad range of society.
Utopia/Dystopia/Disturbia, curated by Pat Hoffie was the visual arts component of the 2009/10 Woodford Folk Festival featuring artists Heri Dono, Dadang Christanto, Harada Akatsuki, Jennifer Herd, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan.
The program consisted of a series of five installations focussed on the idea of possible utopias emerging from a festival site of Woodfordia. Focussed on the Asia-Pacific region, artists created site-specific responses to ideas of history, displacement and belonging.
The associated book published by Queensland College of Art, Griffith University examines the extent to which dreams of a more perfect world have survived into the twenty first century through these festival experiences. Essays by Caroline Turner, Danni Zuvela, Penny Smith and Pat Hoffie look at how artists use performance, film, installation and collaboration in zones that lie well beyond either the black boxes of projection rooms and theatres, or the white boxes of galleries.