04 Oct 2023 14:30

Speculative Imaginaries for Future Worlds: Climate-Fiction in the Arts and Literature

Ca' Bottacin Main Hall

Speculative Imaginaries for Future Worlds: Climate-Fiction in the Arts and Literature

Guest speakers:
Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann (Artists featured in “Everybody Talks About the Weather” at Fondazione Prada in Venice)
Alison Sperling (Florida State University)
Chiara Xausa (University of Bologna)
Daniel A. Finch-Race (University of Bologna)

Speculative imagination and climate fiction provide crucial frameworks for envisioning alternative planetary futures. Literature, visual arts, and other creative forms are vital mediums for discussing massive planetary transformations such as species extinction, climate change, and large-scale environmental violence. The workshop will investigate the potential of climate fiction and speculative methodologies in arts and literature, with the aim to understand how different creative practices contribute to establish shared and inclusive political imaginations for the future.
The workshop will begin with a conversation with artist duo Geissler and Sann, showcasing their  installation "How Does the World End (for Others)?" currently on view at Fondazione Prada. Scholars Alison Sperling from Florida State University and Chiara Xausa from the University of Bologna will delve into the connections between climate fiction, speculative arts, and the role of imagination in shaping our perceptions and actions.

How can creative practices contribute to new ways of thinking about climate futures? What do speculative approaches reveal about the variety of possible worlds and futures? And how can narratives in climate fiction orient our collective efforts toward greater social and climate justice?

By bringing together critical thinkers and creative practitioners, this workshop seeks to employ a multidisciplinary approach to speculative imagination, effectively bridging academic and artistic discourse.

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Organized by
Cristina Baldacci Dept. of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, NICHE
Emiliano Guaraldo NICHE research fellow

In collaboration with
Fondazione Prada Venezia



The event will be held in English

Organized by

NICHE, Fondazione Prada


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