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Launching LOOK Photo Biennial 2024: Beyond Sight

27 June 2024

Coming Soon. LOOK Photo Biennial 2024: Beyond Sight

28 June - 1 September 2024

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FIRE IT UP FUND FUNDEES ANNOUNCED

13 June 2024

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LAF X OPEN EYE GALLERY: PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION LAUNCH

4 June 2024

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Home Tour @ Rochdale

6 June - 12 July 2024

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Photography Workshop: Birkenhead

30 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: St Helens

23 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Runcorn

16 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Liverpool City Centre

15 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Bootle

9 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Huyton

1 June 2024

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Everyone is Moving – Your Journeys, Your Neighbourhoods @ Atrium Space

4 June - 30 June 2024

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European Poetry Festival : Liverpool Camarade

6 July 2024

Bonds / Ripples

29 May - 9 June 2024

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Webinar: Socially Engaged Photography

22 May 2024

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JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

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MARRIAGE (IN)EQUALITY IN UKRAINE. Screening and a panel discussion

9 May 2024

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Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

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Poetry reading: Coast to Coast to Coast

11 May 2024

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National Pavilion of Ukraine @ Venice Biennale

20 April - 24 November 2024

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Open Source 28: Sam Patton – Room to Breathe @ Digital Window Gallery

10 April - 18 May 2024

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Forward, Together @ Wigan & Leigh Archives, Leigh Town Hall

23 March - 28 September 2024

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As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

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Shifting Horizons @ Digital Window Gallery

27 March - 31 March 2024

PLATFORM: ISSUE 6

26 March 2024

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Saturday Town: Launch Event

10 April 2024

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Saturday Town

11 April - 19 May 2024

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PLATFORM: ZINE LAUNCH EVENT

21 March 2024

Home. Ukrainian Photography, UK Words: Tour

4 March - 28 February 2025

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Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

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CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

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We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

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Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

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Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February - 30 June 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 31 March 2024

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Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

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Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

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Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

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Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

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Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

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Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

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Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

THURS 2 SEPT / 6.30 PM / TWITCH / BOOK HERE

Science Fiction has existed as a recognised genre for more than a century. Its emergence, broadly depending on which writer of which story you believe truly marks SF’s origins, runs roughly in parallel with the birth of cinema. From Georges Melies’ fanciful A Trip to the Moon (1902) to Stanley Kubrick’s masterful 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) it has, and continues to, inspire imaginations and audiences to this day. 

In turn, Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction, is inspired by the genre many of us fell in love with when we were children – via films like Star Wars (1977) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Its other departure point is Susan Sontag’s 1965 essay The Imagination of disaster, in which the critic states: “Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.” Earlier in the decade, Chris Marker’s ‘photo-novel’ La Jetée (1962) – with its post-apocalyptic time travel narrative – had demonstrated just that (and so much more besides). 

Frank R. Paul, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In recent years, contemporary artists including, but by no means limited to, Keith Piper, Larissa Sansour, and Larry Achiampong have increasingly borrowed from, leaned into, and otherwise employed the science fiction playbook in their work. Why would this be, and why now? Or perhaps the better question would be: what took visual artists so long? 

To help provide some of the answers, join us in exploring and addressing these questions and more, in the form of new writing, conversations, and digital takeovers. Our programme will feature artists, writers, academics and – most importantly – fans of science fiction, all prompted by the brimming possibilities offered by this once niche, sometimes ghettoised genre. 

Read a series of blogs by: Stephanie Bailey, Prof. Roger Luckhurst, Dr. Glyn Morgan and Mike Pinnington.

Tune into an online conversation in which the panel discussion with Mike Pinnington, David Blandy, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Basma Ghalayini will discuss the potential of science fiction in the visual arts and further afield.

Follow Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley who’ll be sharing their work and inspirations in a special Open Eye Gallery Instagram takeover.

And watch out for new photography in a special Open Eye Stories responding to the themes of Imagining Disaster.  

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction investigates what it is about science fiction – be it in the form of Afrofuturism, dystopia, post-apocalyptic or posthumanism – that inspires and allows us to communicate ideas so eloquently and vividly.  

Produced by Mike Pinnington

Images:
Illustration by Wumi Olaosebikan.
Frank R. Paul, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

THURS 2 SEPT / 6.30 PM / TWITCH / BOOK HERE

Science Fiction has existed as a recognised genre for more than a century. Its emergence, broadly depending on which writer of which story you believe truly marks SF’s origins, runs roughly in parallel with the birth of cinema. From Georges Melies’ fanciful A Trip to the Moon (1902) to Stanley Kubrick’s masterful 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) it has, and continues to, inspire imaginations and audiences to this day. 

In turn, Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction, is inspired by the genre many of us fell in love with when we were children – via films like Star Wars (1977) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Its other departure point is Susan Sontag’s 1965 essay The Imagination of disaster, in which the critic states: “Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.” Earlier in the decade, Chris Marker’s ‘photo-novel’ La Jetée (1962) – with its post-apocalyptic time travel narrative – had demonstrated just that (and so much more besides). 

Frank R. Paul, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In recent years, contemporary artists including, but by no means limited to, Keith Piper, Larissa Sansour, and Larry Achiampong have increasingly borrowed from, leaned into, and otherwise employed the science fiction playbook in their work. Why would this be, and why now? Or perhaps the better question would be: what took visual artists so long? 

To help provide some of the answers, join us in exploring and addressing these questions and more, in the form of new writing, conversations, and digital takeovers. Our programme will feature artists, writers, academics and – most importantly – fans of science fiction, all prompted by the brimming possibilities offered by this once niche, sometimes ghettoised genre. 

Read a series of blogs by: Stephanie Bailey, Prof. Roger Luckhurst, Dr. Glyn Morgan and Mike Pinnington.

Tune into an online conversation in which the panel discussion with Mike Pinnington, David Blandy, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Basma Ghalayini will discuss the potential of science fiction in the visual arts and further afield.

Follow Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley who’ll be sharing their work and inspirations in a special Open Eye Gallery Instagram takeover.

And watch out for new photography in a special Open Eye Stories responding to the themes of Imagining Disaster.  

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction investigates what it is about science fiction – be it in the form of Afrofuturism, dystopia, post-apocalyptic or posthumanism – that inspires and allows us to communicate ideas so eloquently and vividly.  

Produced by Mike Pinnington

Images:
Illustration by Wumi Olaosebikan.
Frank R. Paul, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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