June 4, 2024

Exhibitions of/and/as Speculative Fiction

July 9, 2024
2:00 – 4:00pm

Archibald Bathgate Seminar Room,
Ground floor, John Lennon Art & Design Building

What’s the relationship – real and possible – between exhibitions and speculative fiction?

Responding to an emerging seam of curatorial projects exploring speculative subject matter – from artist installations inventing alternative histories to group exhibitions set in the future – this event asks what’s at stake in using exhibitions as a format to conjure counterfactual realities, prototype transformed conditions, and prefigure possible futures.

Convened by independent curator and Lecturer in Exhibition Studies Madeleine Kennedy, the event will draw on her collaborative and experimental curatorial research project Imagining Exhibitions Otherwise alongside a constellation of projects by artists, curators and writers who are fusing speculative fiction and exhibition-making in diverse ways.

Touching on mirrored research questions of if and how exhibitions could be devised as immersive speculative fictions in themselves, and how speculative fiction might inform curatorial theory and practice, the event will culminate in an invitation to the audience to project themselves into these speculative worlds and imagine their wide-ranging multidisciplinary implications.

Our events are always free and open to all; there is no need to book for this afternoon of speculative fictions.