Brian Willems at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018

Saturday 28th Apr 2018

The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow
G2 6PH

Brian will be talking about the themes of his book Speculative Realism and Science Fiction as part of Old Hair at Glasgow International 2018, Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art.

Saturday 28 April • 2.30–4.30pm • Free • Unticketed – just turn up!

The Event

Brian Willems is Assistant Professor of literature and film at the University of Split, Croatia. He will be talking about the theme of his recent book, Speculative Realism and Science Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) which imagines the end of anthropocentrism through contemporary science fiction and speculative realism.

A human-centred approach to the environment is leading to ecological collapse. One of the ways that speculative realism challenges anthropomorphism is by taking non-human things to be as valid objects of investigation as humans, allowing a more responsible and truthful view of the world to take place. Brian Willems uses a range of science fiction literature that questions anthropomorphism both to develop and challenge this philosophical position. He looks at how nonsense and sense exist together in science fiction, the way language is not a guarantee of personhood, the role of vision in relation to identity formation, the difference between metamorphosis and modulation, representations of non-human deaths and the function of plasticity within the Anthropocene.

About Old Hair

DIY multi-arts venue the Old Hairdresser’s presents an exciting programme of screenings, performances and artist talks. Featured artists include Kathryn Elkin, Rebecca Wilcox, Jane Topping, Ann-Marie Copestake, Emmie McLuskey,  Marc Baines, GasTower.com, Malcy Duff, The Rebel, Fallopé and the Tubes, Calum Stirling, Holly Pester, Charles Hayward, Francis McKee, Still House Plants, Neil Bickerton, Maria Rossi, Panel, Edinburgh Leisure, Sacred Paws, Joe Howe & Hardeep Pandhal, Brian Willems and Ben Graham’s performance ‘Amorphous Albion’. Calum Stirling will be presenting his Orchestrion ‘The Frolicsome Engines’ – an automaton making music, making noises, installed in the space for the duration of the festival and active between the programmed events. In addition, Vernon & Burns will be presenting an ‘Evening with Vernon & Burns’.

Together they’ll form a focused articulation of what this hub of the Glasgow creative community does year round, in terms providing of space in which artists can try out new ideas and mix up practices, creating opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas.

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