Useful Knowledge Reading Group: Octavia Butler
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 6-8.30pm. Tickets: £5/£4
Inspired by Keith Piper and Adham Faramawy’s exhibitions and their own research, University of Liverpool PhD candidate Beata Gubacsi and Iniva programme coordinator Laura Castagnini select extracts from Octavia Butler’s ground breaking science fiction novels and short stories.
Often heralded as the first black feminist science fiction writer, Butler’s incisive stories manage to reveal brutal aspects of humanity while, consequently, inspiring her audiences to think and act in the present for a sustainable future. Using four texts – extracts from Parable of the Talents, Blood Child, Lilith’s Brood, and an interview with Butler – the reading group will introduce the public to Butler’s oeuvre and enable discussion of her recurring themes as relevant to Bluecoat’s exhibitions. Time-travelling through past, present, and future, our discussions will traverse forgotten histories of colonialism and slavery as well as future possibilities of fluid gender, bio-politics, and the apocalypse.
Texts are available from Tickets and Information firstname.lastname@example.org or Bluecoat’s reception desk. We recommend reading some or all of the selected texts and visiting Keith Piper and Adham Faramawy’s exhibitions prior to session.
Image Credit: Keith Piper, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones. 2016