Dark Fluid: A Science Fiction Experiment by Angela Su PRE-ORDER & BOOK LAUNCH
Date: Saturday, 2 September 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Initiated by Angela Su in 2015, “Dark Fluid: A Science Fiction Experiment by Angela Su” is an exercise to imagine the future of Hong Kong through the lens of science fiction. The project invites arts and cultural practitioners and individuals active in social movements to participate in writing workshops exploring sci-fi as a tool for empowerment and social justice, a survival kit in a dystopian future, a manual for organising different alternative community models…... amongst many other things. After the workshop each participant created a short story, in textual or visual form, compiled into the current publication, alongside an essay by a sci-fi scholar and a transcript of the writing workshop.
Since the 1990s, there has been a burgeoning discussion of futurism. Afrofuturism, Gulf Futurism, and lately, Sino Futurism has become a widely discussed topic in the fields of art and culture. So why is there an urgent need to discuss the future? Is Hong Kong, the backdrop of numerous Hollywood sci-fi films, in need of constructing its own futurism? Are we capable of envisioning our own future?
"Dark Fluid" is an experiment, and hopefully a beginning with many more discussions to come about Hong Kong’s Futurism.
As an extension, a fourth and last workshop will be conducted during the Book Launch, with all the contributors. This open workshop will bring up the questions our contributors deliberated on as they contemplated Hong Kong’s future: the relation between science fiction and history writing; the re-telling of historical trauma; history/memory/identity; and Hong Kong’s chaotic cityscape. Some of these concerns are pertinent issues that need to be addressed before we even begin to construct Hong Kong’s Futurism, while our contributors will share their writing experiences, their struggles and insights.
Title: "Dark Fluid: A Science Fiction Experiment by Angela Su" Project Director: Angela Su Editor: Louise Law Contributors: Chan Kit-Sze, Amy, Andio Lai, Charles Lai, Mary Lee, Mr. Pizza, Angela Su, Tse Pakchai, Heaman Yip, Cally Yu Proofread: Ng Kwan Pui Designer: Goby Lo Co-published by: Angela Su, Things that can happen Published in September 2017 ISBN: 978-988-12778-1-7 Price: HK$98.00 Dimension: 170X200mm Number of pages: 276 Languages: Chinese, with partial English translation
Project Director: Angela Su, artist; fascinated by illustrated science books, Angela’s works investigate the perception and imagery of the body, through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. In 2013 Su initiated a science fiction book and exhibition project “In Berty We Trust”.
We sincerely thank Mimi and Chris Gradel, Bonnie Chan and Icicle Group, Jaime Ku, Mina Park and Jonathan Wong for generously supporting this science fiction experiment at Things that can happen.