November 18, 2011 - January 20, 2012

Make CATopia Real

Ben Kinsley (Pittsburgh, PA), Jessica Langley (New York, NY)

Part of SWAP

Make CATopia Real  Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langely | 2011 | website | courtesy of the artists

Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra  Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langely | 2011 | website: | courtesy of the artists

Belly Chakra  Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langely | 2011 | website: | courtesy of the artists

Lola  Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley | 2011 | Video Still from The CATopian Dream | courtesy of the artists

Make CATopia Real

Make CATopia Real  Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langely | 2011 | silkscreen on oversized paper, abs plastic, steel, latex paint | Courtesy of the artists

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Make CATopia Real is a campaign aimed at the realization of a physical utopian cat park (location TBD).

To begin this long-term project Kinsley and Langley conduct a series of video interviews with area cats discussing what utopia means to them. With their human companions serving as translators, the artists gather vital information in order to generate a visual lexicon for the ultimate design of CATopia.

These interviews and corresponding visualizations will be presented via an online portal ( where cat-lovers from around the world will be able to participate in the devotion of this mythic goal. Additional data will be collected during events and activities held at SPACES throughout the residency period.

About the Artists

Ben Kinsley

Ben Kinsley's projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, organizing a paranormal concert series, staging a royal protest, investigating feline utopia, collecting put-down jokes from around the world, and planting a buried treasure in the streets... go to artist page

Jessica Langley

Jessica Langley is an artist whose work draws from idealized nature photography and Romantic landscape painting, abstracting and obscuring images through a variety of processes and approaches. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as SPACES in Cleveland, Nathan Larramendy Gallery in Ojai, Denise Bibro Gallery in New... go to artist page

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