Changing Utopia - or what Guy Standing learned from the Lady of the Future
Guy Standing was invited to the dance festival Oktoberdans 2016 in Bergen to speak about his Politics of Paradise on the discursive programme at the festival, the changeability connected to the term ‘utopia’. We asked him to speak from on top of two pallets, symbolizing universal standards and the simplest means of raising a speaker above the audience, and to speak without a script.
Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London. He has worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) for more than a decade, is a founding member of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), which work internationally to promote discussion about a universal and unconditional basic income, and he is especially known for his analysis of new class structures in the globalized world, most importantly the precariat.