A city of the future imagined by inhabitants whose real world futures would invariably be violently curtailed, Exploded City is a utopia in all senses of the word: an ideal that can never exist. Ögüt's Polo describes meeting residents who can detail the exact manner in which they will die, and yet, it is implied, more will come to the site of the Exploded City to rebuild over their remains and the cycle will start anew. Ögüt's model city captures that moment in freeze-frame, following the advice for survival that Calvino's Polo dispenses at the novel's end: "See and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."
AHMET ÖGÜT: EXPLODED CITY/MATRIX 231
Through April 11, $5–$8 (free for Berkeley students/staff, and children under 12)
Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft, Berk.