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Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 September - 6 November 2021

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Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

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Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

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Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 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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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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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 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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VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

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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Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: Arc

16 June - 20 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

10 June - 20 June 2021

LightNight 2021: Play

21 May 2021

Heavy Gardening Art Trail Photowalk

21 May 2021

OPEN ROOMS #13: A BALKAN JOURNEY WITH CHRIS LESLIE

17 June 2021

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First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

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Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

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First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

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Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

31 August: Reading List — Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction by Mike Pinnington

1 September: Imagining Disaster: Science Fiction X Contemporary Art by Mike Pinnington

2 September: The SFnal by Roger Luckhurst

3 September: Science x Fiction: The Scientific Imagination and Science Fiction by Glyn Morgan

4 September: Invitation to Space: On Sun Ra’s Arkestral Mission by Stephanie Bailey

Find out more about each text in the series below.

 

Reading List — Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

By Mike Pinnington

A selection of science fiction novels, anthologies, short stories and non-fiction. Suggested by the producer, contributors and audience of the Imagining Disaster events programme at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 30 August-5 September 2021, this reading list operates as a starting point for thinking and for conversations around its themes.

 

Imagining Disaster: Science Fiction X Contemporary Art

By Mike Pinnington

‘Science Fiction was always about more than cheap special effects and pulpy storylines.’ Mike Pinnington on why contemporary artists increasingly turn to the genre as a space to mobilise, and rethink the here and now. 

Mike Pinnington is a writer and editor based in Liverpool. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of visual arts and cultural commentary publication, The Double Negative. His writing has appeared in international publications, including The Art Newspaper, Art Quarterly, ArtReview, Ocula and byNWR, amongst others. He is currently writing a book about Science Fiction and Contemporary Art.  

 

The SFnal

By Roger Luckhurst

‘It is a habit of mind, a kind of apprehension of the world that estranges what we know by tipping it into the future.’  In this essay, Roger Luckhurst explores the meaning, mood and porous borders of the science-fictional.

Prof. Roger Luckhurst has written cultural histories of telepathy, corridors and science fiction. He lives and works in London, where he teaches at Birkbeck College.

 

Science x Fiction: The Scientific Imagination and Science Fiction

By Glyn Morgan

From H. G. Wells and Jules Verne to Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin – debates about what science fiction is and isn’t have raged since its inception. Here, Glyn Morgan takes a closer look at the genre’s relationship with science.

Dr. Glyn Morgan is an honorary researcher at the University of Liverpool where he completed his PhD thesis on speculative fiction and the Holocaust. He is now a curator at the Science Museum in London. He is the author Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust (Bloomsbury, 2020) and co-editor of Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 2019).

 

Invitation to Space: On Sun Ra’s Arkestral Mission 

By Stephanie Bailey

That night in 2015, I understood Sun Ra as a spacemaker.’ Stephanie Bailey revisits the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra and why, with tech billionaires striking out into space, it’s crucial that we heed the message.

Stephanie Bailey is a writer and editor from Hong Kong.

31 August: Reading List — Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction by Mike Pinnington

1 September: Imagining Disaster: Science Fiction X Contemporary Art by Mike Pinnington

2 September: The SFnal by Roger Luckhurst

3 September: Science x Fiction: The Scientific Imagination and Science Fiction by Glyn Morgan

4 September: Invitation to Space: On Sun Ra’s Arkestral Mission by Stephanie Bailey

Find out more about each text in the series below.

 

Reading List — Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

By Mike Pinnington

A selection of science fiction novels, anthologies, short stories and non-fiction. Suggested by the producer, contributors and audience of the Imagining Disaster events programme at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 30 August-5 September 2021, this reading list operates as a starting point for thinking and for conversations around its themes.

 

Imagining Disaster: Science Fiction X Contemporary Art

By Mike Pinnington

‘Science Fiction was always about more than cheap special effects and pulpy storylines.’ Mike Pinnington on why contemporary artists increasingly turn to the genre as a space to mobilise, and rethink the here and now. 

Mike Pinnington is a writer and editor based in Liverpool. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of visual arts and cultural commentary publication, The Double Negative. His writing has appeared in international publications, including The Art Newspaper, Art Quarterly, ArtReview, Ocula and byNWR, amongst others. He is currently writing a book about Science Fiction and Contemporary Art.  

 

The SFnal

By Roger Luckhurst

‘It is a habit of mind, a kind of apprehension of the world that estranges what we know by tipping it into the future.’  In this essay, Roger Luckhurst explores the meaning, mood and porous borders of the science-fictional.

Prof. Roger Luckhurst has written cultural histories of telepathy, corridors and science fiction. He lives and works in London, where he teaches at Birkbeck College.

 

Science x Fiction: The Scientific Imagination and Science Fiction

By Glyn Morgan

From H. G. Wells and Jules Verne to Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin – debates about what science fiction is and isn’t have raged since its inception. Here, Glyn Morgan takes a closer look at the genre’s relationship with science.

Dr. Glyn Morgan is an honorary researcher at the University of Liverpool where he completed his PhD thesis on speculative fiction and the Holocaust. He is now a curator at the Science Museum in London. He is the author Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust (Bloomsbury, 2020) and co-editor of Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 2019).

 

Invitation to Space: On Sun Ra’s Arkestral Mission 

By Stephanie Bailey

That night in 2015, I understood Sun Ra as a spacemaker.’ Stephanie Bailey revisits the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra and why, with tech billionaires striking out into space, it’s crucial that we heed the message.

Stephanie Bailey is a writer and editor from Hong Kong.

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