Visual Utopias

In the spring of 2020, Hamburg-based artist Jan Kamensky launched his project featuring utopian animations. The deserted streets at the beginning of the pandemic inspired him to create videos in which car-filled streets are playfully transformed into inviting, people-friendly spaces. The video shows the transformation of Skalitzer Straße and Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. There is a clear intent behind this approach: once viewers have glimpsed the utopian vision, their perspective on reality becomes more critical. As such, the project is an invitation to us all to reflect on how we want to live in urban contexts.. Jan Kamensky is more interested in raising awareness than in whether or not his visualizations are feasible – but he’d still be thrilled to see his ideas put into practice!