The curatorial project We dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming researches the little known archive of the Radiodiffusion television algérienne that voiced the struggles, hopes and plans for possible other futures of the emerging ‘Third World’ of the 60s and 70s. It aims at creating an artistic platform for the production of alternative knowledge and narratives by reactivating the ‘Mecca of Revolution’ Algiers was at that time.
While the western world is commemorating the 500 years of the publication of Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’, one often forgets that in the Sixties and Seventies, clusters of utopias emerged from the ‘peripheries’ of which Algeria was the epicentre. A third way, possible and alternative futures were dreamt, devised and conspired by the national movements of liberation, political exiles and militants, rebels and disillusioned westerners from all the continents hosted in the Algerian capital, dubbed the Mecca of Revolution by Amilcar Cabral. Remembering how the voice of the Revolution was initially hosted in Cairo, Tunis, Damascus, and Nador, Algiers equally offered to these groups a regular slot on its newly created national radio.