The Future of Science Fiction | Sci-Fi Author Nisi Shawl + Artist Collective The Otolith Group
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: $22
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In this era of avatars, portals, and the ever-increasing intrusion of social media into our daily lives, can science fiction help us anticipate the darker repercussions of technology? Artist collective the Otolith Group, whose work is on display at the Rubin, and renowned science fiction author Nisi Shawl discuss some of the urgent questions the genre considers today. As we often find ourselves outpaced by the evolution of technology and its effects on society, it is no surprise that we might look for insight in science fiction, the pre-eminent genre in our era to speculate about the future.
Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House. Tor.com invited her to expand her essay “Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction” into a monthly column, and she is obliging. She co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Shawl lives in Seattle, taking walks with her mother June and her cat Minnie at the pace of an entitled feline.
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun who live and work in London. During their longstanding collaboration the Otolith Group have drawn from a wide range of resources and materials. They explore the moving image, the archive, and the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. Their work is research based and in particular has focused on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events, and histories in their most expanded form. The Otolith Group have exhibited, installed, and screened their works nationally and internationally. A wide range of museums, public and private galleries, biennials, foundations, and other institutions have commissioned the artists to develop and exhibit their artworks, research, installations, and publications. In 2010 the Otolith Group was nominated for the Turner Prize.Buy tickets/get more info now