Ultimate Fantasies is an ongoing collaborative project by Jennifer Boyd and Ruta Dumciute that understands the force of desire as a non-normative notion of total commitment, exploring this idea in sculpture, sound, text, performance and installation. The first edition of Ultimate Fantasies was held at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects in London, in June 2018, after being awarded use of the space for 1 month and funding from the Lithuanian Council of Culture. It included collaborators Leyla Pillai [UK], Eunjung Kim [Korea], Madeleine Stack [Australia] and PO$$€ dance and reading [Sweden].
It asks: what happens when desire – in the widest sense – is permanently inhabited, rather than a quick gesture or quashed longing towards a thing or person or life that you want? This project understands the force of desire as a non-normative notion of total commitment. Inspired by figures in art and music who have refused to compromise, this project explores fantasies of the ‘ultimate’ and how these might manifest intensely refreshed and flavour enhanced in sculpture, space, sound, performance and text.
Photography Rocio Chacon