Futures & Fictions: Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn 2015
This talk traces the genealogy of Captain Eko currently in her “sonographic” novel incarnation as a collaboration with artist Heidi Sincuba. Episode 1 Sound Clash single screen version to be shown. Through image and music the talk describes a long-term research process involving several media: filmmaking research and academic research, model making and sound art installations to the current sonographic novel form. The themes explored throughout are the dynamic processes of thinking, feeling, making and presenting though sounding. Further to practice-as-research, the issues raised include fiction-as-research. With Captain Eko this calls for an exploration of superhero popular culture, the graphic novel form of storytelling, as well as the aesthetics and politics of Afrofuturism as a critique of the dominant corporate “technofuturism.”
Chair: Harold Offeh
Professor Julian Henriques is Co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is convenor of the MA Scriptwriting programme and director of the Topology Research Unit. His credits as a writer and director include the 1998 feature film ‘Babymother’, a reggae musical and ‘We the Ragamuffin’. His sound sculptures include ‘Knots & Donuts’, Tate Modern (2011) and publications, the jointly authored ‘Changing the Subject’ (1998) and ‘Sonic Bodies’ (2011).
Futures and Fictions explores the political imaginary, the inventing and imaging of alternate narratives and image-worlds that might be pitched against the impasses of the present. The series ranges from future-oriented science fictions and alternative space-time plots to myths and images generated by marginalized and ‘minor’ communities, queer-feminist strategies of fictioning, and the production of new Afro- and other futurisms.
Series Organisers: Henriette Gunkel, Ayesha Hameed & Simon O’Sullivan
The event is free and no booking is required. All welcome.
Poster image: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, 'Abandonnés', 2015.
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