On Thursday 17 August 2017 we discussed whether the visual representations of science fiction provide the means in which we reflect on our predicted future and our ever-shifting present.
Science fiction has always provided readers and viewers with an escape from the everyday, a place to examine humanity’s flaws and achievements in a heightened reality free of real-world consequences, whilst offering insights into future possibilities.
Chaired by art critic and independent researcher in science fiction, cinema and contemporary art, Dr. Andrew Frost, ACP invites panel of leading-thinkers across literature, photography and performance to discuss the importance of visually experiencing the imagined future and its role as critic of our present and appraiser of our future.
Andrew will be joined by Australian science fiction author Krissy Kneen, curator Bec Dean and artist of Adam Norton
Supported by UTS Media Arts and Production, School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney.
About the speakers
Dr. Andrew Frost
Dr. Andrew Frost is an academic, art critic, broadcaster and curator. His articles have been published in a wide variety of Australian and international magazines, journals and websites. He writes art criticism for Guardian Australia. He is the author of the monograph The Boys [2010, Currency Press] and the artist book A Personal History of Soviet Space Exploration [Pretty Bad Horse, 2014].
Since 2007 Frost has written and presented a number of TV documentaries on contemporary art, including The Art Life , The Art Life 2 , The Venice Biennale , The Biennale of Sydney , In Conversation: Brian Eno  and The Art Life at The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial , The A-Z of Contemporary Art  and Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art [ABC1, 2014].
He is also the writer, co-producer and director of My Space Program: The Art of Peter Hennessey [Arts HD, 2016].
As curator Frost has produced a number of exhibitions, including large thematically organised group exhibitions including Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art [UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2014] and The Feminine Optic: Perspectives on the Landscape [Tamworth Regional Gallery, 2013] and solo artist exhibitions such as Ben Quilty: A Convergence of Birds [Goulburn Regional Gallery, 2011].
Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. Her latest novel is An Uncertain Grace, an exploration of technology and the future. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television.
Bec Dean is a curator, writer, educator and consultant with a background in photomedia and performance art. She is a PhD candidate at University of New South Wales, Australia. She has worked for multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary contemporary arts organisations in Australia since 1996 and has been curating exhibitions and producing events for over fifteen years. She was Associate Director of Performance Space, Sydney from 2007-2012, and Co-Director from 2012-2014. She was Curator at Australian Centre for Photography from 2005 – 2007 and Gallery Manager at PICA from 2001 – 2005. She is presently working for the National Institute of Experimental Arts (UNSW) towards The Big Anxiety festival, 2017. She is Chair of dLux Media Arts and award-winning contemporary performance company PYT, Fairfield. She is a co-director of Cementa, Kandos.
Adam Norton was awarded a BfA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University in 1984. Recent institutional exhibitions include: Beyond belief: the Sublime in Contemporary Art, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (2017); Project Daejeon 2016: COSMOS, 3rd Biennale of Daejeon, Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea (2016); War: A Playground Perspective, The Armory, Homebush (2016); My Trip to Mars, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney (2015); Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art, UNSW Galleries (2014); The Hope of Wrecks, St Albans Museum, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (2013); The Mars Project, Broken Hill Regional Gallery (2013); Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction In Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney (2011); and Boundary Line, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2011).
Norton’s work is in the major group exhibition Black Mist, Burnt Country, touring nationally from 2016 until 2018, to mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic tests at Maralinga. He has recently completed an artist residency at A-Z West and will soon commence a further residency at 18th Street Arts Center, both in California, USA.
Norton’s work is held in the public collections of Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD; Artbank Australia; PrintROOM, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; College of Fine Arts Student Association, University of NSW, Sydney; College of Fine Arts Library, University of NSW, Sydney; Exeter College, Oxford University, UK and Malvern College, Worcestershire, UK.
This event was inspired by Synthetic is a free exhibition displayed at the Australian Centre for Photography Project Space Gallery from July 21 to August 26, 2017.
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