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[EN] In a statement Adorno and Horkheimer made in their work Dialectic of Enlightenment they denote utopians as rackets who can’t actually achieve anything because their ideas are not built on solid walls of prevalent conditions but groundless.[1] This may be one nature of the utopia. A construct of childish[2], foolish and naive thoughts? Maybe often visionary, great and marvelous but even more hardly ever noticed and soon reprobating.

The concept of the precise is to be subtle and holistic. We combine former with the foggy, unlocatable and speculative nature of utopia to create a precise Utopia.
The precise utopia[3] shall visualize the desirable and move the current substance of interest from the level of probability to likelihood. If this change can occur in our minds the biggest step is taken.

Is perpetual progress[4] desirable in its entirety? There lay various problems in contemporary futurist theories – escapism and neoliberalism often accompanying each other. Progress is imagined in its neoliberal context of e.g. fit and thin bodies or nation states and therefore also used by conservative and right wing political parties. Shall we desire holistic perpetual progress or shall there be states of e.g. love, sadness and negativity, not compatible with the classical understanding of progress?

The Institute For Precise Utopia sets itself to sort, analyze and process contemporary issues and especially to critique the various concepts of the “future”.

P.M.D., Cologne, 07.07.2016

[1] Adorno, Theodor W., and Max Horkheimer. Gesammelte Schriften. Philosophische Fragmente. Frankfurt Am Main: Suhrkamp, 1981. Print.
[2] Musil, Robert. Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften. Reinbek Bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 1989. Print.
[3] We mean utopia in the sense of Mannheim (Mannheim, Karl. Ideologie und Utopie. Frankfurt Am Main, 1985) and Connell: "[...] A frame of thought that transcends the existing social situation, grounded in the interest an oppressed group has in that transcendence." (Connell, Raewyn. Masculinities. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995)
[4] “Extropy means seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an open-ended lifespan, and the removal of political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to continuing development. Perpetually overcoming constraints on our progress and possibilities as individuals, as organizations, and as a species. Growing in healthy directions without bound.” More, Max. (2003). The Principles of Extropy. Version 3.11. The Extropy Institute.