Opening reception : Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Opening at Foreman art Gallery on 16.01.20 17h
Presented in association with Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Fabulous Images. When Fiction Takes Root examines the hermeneutical scope of science fiction as a narrative genre in the context of emancipatory discourses that foster ethnocultural diversity. The exhibition features works by Canadian and international artists, novels, posters, popular films, video games and collectibles, all of which are at the juncture of sci-fi and identity politics. Touching on a vast array of representation, from the utopian refuge to the darkest dystopias by way of uchronian narratives and social speculations, Fabulous Images examines how fiction reveals the possibilities of alternative existences.
This exhibition inaugurates a new cycle of partnership between Sporobole and the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University. On a yearly basis, the two institutions work together to co-produce an exhibition showcased in both venues.
Commissaires : Gentiane Bélanger & Alexandra Tourigny-Fleury
////// At Foreman Art Gallery : Sonny Assu, Danis Goulet, The Iyapo Repository, Skawennati
////// At Sporobole : Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind
In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, 2015, 29 min.
On the occasion of the exhibition Fabulous Images. When Fiction Takes Root, Sporobole presents a film installation by Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind. Taking the form of a fictional video essay, In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain resides in the cross-section between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.
A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain – suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands. Once unearthed, this tableware will prove the existence of this counterfeit people. By implementing a myth of its own, their work becomes a historical intervention – de facto creating a nation.
The Foreman Art Gallery and Sporobole Art Centre invite you to a dance performance, followed by a short films screening at La Maison du Cinéma.
SPOROBOLE /// 5-7 pm
The inauguration of the film piece In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain by Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind will be accompanied by a dance performance by Marysole Gagnière & Annie Deslongchamps. The performance will start at 5h45 pm, and will last 30 minutes.
Drinks and bites will be served.
LA MAISON DU CINÉMA /// 19h30-21h30
Short film programming Documentary Futurism by Cinema Politica
Duration : 98 minutes
Language : multiple, English subtitles
Free entrance (get ticket from La Maison du Cinéma)
Cinema Politica’s Documentary Futurism project seeks to usher in a new kind of filmmaking that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, and realism with the imaginary. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, the 15 films presented at La Maison du Cinéma inaugurate a new genre while deploying filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent future worlds.
This screening event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Fabulous Images. When Fiction Takes Root, which examines the hermeneutical scope of science fiction as a narrative genre in the context of emancipatory discourses that foster ethnocultural diversity by bringing together artworks, novels, comic books, popular films and collectibles, all of which lie at the juncture of sci-fi and identity politics.
This event is co-organized by the Foreman Art Gallery and Sporobole Art Centre, with the participation of Cinema Politica and La Maison du Cinéma.
Photos : Magalie Leclerc