Thursday 19th April 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
Sol Archer, born Hiroshima 1983, lives and works in Rotterdam and London.
Working primarily with moving image and installation, Sol creates co-extensive spaces through which the interactions of local stories and global meta-narratives reveal themselves through the residues left in bodies, on land, and in language. This is a practice of paying attention, of listening to the qualities of location, of conversations, of observation, and through the analysis and montaging of this, focussing on site as a intersecting bleld of narratives. In investigating the social, spatial, and aesthetic characteristics of these intersections the invisibility of systems, on what Timothy Morton would call a Hyperobject scale, may be attended to by their measurable grain, their impact on human spaces. Systems of trade, of Cold War technology, of the production of subject-hood through social and military training; ‘Hyperobjects’ are systemic entities so distributed through space and time that they exceed the capacity of imaging. Where there may be some possibility of understanding their nature, it is through their footprint, through the sites at which they interact with other objects.
Through the past year I have been considering Utopian writing, Science Fiction, and speculative architecture, as site, a geography of really-existing fictions. With a particular focus on Utopian writing, I have been comparing trends, functions, and structures, and considering Science-Fiction as a tool with which to both critique reality and experiment with alterity. To propose alternatives and test subjecthood under different power formations. With this research I have been collaborating with a group of teenagers in Rotterdam, together using game and improvisation structures to invent possible futures, and addressing the practices of play and imagination as tools of education and value production.
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This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University