As part of her Spring 2018 N.O.P.E. fellowship with 221A, Juli Majer will host Science Fiction and the Other, a semester of programs that consider articulations of alterity — other beings, other worlds, other forms-of-life — as a speculative method for imagining an otherwise present.
Join Majer at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library for a semester of five study sessions where participants will be lead through close readings of speculative texts across fiction and theory. Akin to the science-fictional practice of world-building, this semester will see the making of community through the collective labours of thought, dialogue, and imagination. To complement and cultivate this worlding, Pollyanna 圖書館 Library’s reading room will be repopulated with modular soft furniture made by Sonja Ratkay and Mel Thibodeau.
Polaroids by Sungpil Yoon
For this most recent collaborative effort, Puddle Popper has discussed wisdoms of bodies, and physical and narrative fragments. Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is based on the model of past projects, where they collectively drew and printed artist books as a way of planning out sculpture-based exhibitions.
“Fantasists are childish, childlike. They play games. They dance on the burning ground. […] Even when they are making entire universes, they are only playing.”
(Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Do it Yourself Cosmology’)
Through merging of forms, Puddle Popper creates a set-like world featuring invented beings, humanoids, tentacles and unreadable text. Puddle Popper moves towards our desires, moving between description, invention and idealization to wiggle around truths. Flowers can hurt us. Appendages transform. Colour is revised. Portals open up, we put our limbs part way through, and then all the way through. New bodies are observed and created. Slipping through realities, Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is an exploration and re-imagination of being(s) in different worlds.
Exhibition Text by Jo Cook
SiteFactory at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Co-presented by the Vancouver Art Book Fair
October 14-15, 2017