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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere In-between

10 November - 12 December 2021

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Make It Snappy

1 December - 12 December 2021

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My Message to You

1 December - 17 December 2021

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3 December 2021

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Open Rooms #19: Moral Turpitude

9 December 2021

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OPEN SOURCE 019: DREW FINDLAY

3 November - 30 November 2021

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Open Rooms #18: FireHawks

18 November 2021

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VR: Whose Land Is It?

8 July 2021

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Mccoy Wynne to exhibit at COP26 Universities’ Innovation Showcase

18 October 2021

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Collective Matters: Meet and Greet

22 October 2021

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Holding Time: Launch Event

19 November 2021

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The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

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Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

11 December 2021

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Who’s Left Behind? Part 2: Tadhg Devlin, staff from Community Integrated Care, and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in association with Liverpool SURF group

25 November 2021

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Who’s Left Behind? Part 1: Liverpool Cares and MA SEP graduate Vilija Skubute

24 November 2021

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Open Rooms # 17: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere in between

11 November 2021

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One Day at a Time Boys: Introductory talk and workshop

6 November 2021

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: CROSSING SECTORS

30 September - 7 November 2021

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Just Between Friends: Runcorn Public Realm

30 September - 12 December 2021

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LATE NIGHT OPENING: COLLECTIVE MATTERS

15 October 2021

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Holding the Baby: Banner making workshop

16 October 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 October - 6 November 2021

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Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

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Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

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Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

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Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

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Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

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PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

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Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

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Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

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VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

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Return To Nature

30 July 2021

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VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival — Jessica El Mal: Grounds For Concern

16 July - 15 August 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

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Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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23 June - 27 June 2021

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16 June - 20 June 2021

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First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

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23 June - 27 June 2021

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9 June - 13 June 2021

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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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