Please join Hauser & Wirth Publishers and Morbid Anatomy for the next installment of the series ‘Utopia/Dystopia.’ ‘The Psychology of Paradise: Is the Quest for Heaven on Earth a Human Universal’ will feature Mitch Horowitz, Douglas Rushkoff, and Will Baker as they discuss their unique visions of the relationship between humans and heaven.
Can the mind unlock heaven on earth? And, if so, can it also conscript us to hell? Mitch Horowitz, a historian and specialist in esoterica, will discuss our never-ending quest to use our mind to fulfill our utopian visions. Writer and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff will explore how the Real Housewives of Orange County physically and metaphorically demonstrate how media and technology reverse ‘figure and ground,’ conveying the message that human beings are the medium, and something else – something very anti-human. Rare book dealer and practicing Episcopalian Will Baker observes that the notion of resurrection involves doctrines much stranger, more confusing, and more compelling than the simple ‘die-and-go-to-heaven’ formula than many people have known.
Image: Nelson Garrido, color lithograph, ca. 1994 – 95. From Imágenes contra el SIDA (Images against AIDS), a series of posters produced by Artis. Wellcome Collection