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Sci-Fi Top 5 with David Manley

To celebrate our latest exhibition Synthetic, which explores the collision of science fiction and reality, we have invited our exhibiting artists to share their Top 5 favourite science fiction works. From books to films, TV to soundtracks, artist share their memories and experiences delving into our predicted future and its impact on their practice.

DAVID MANLEY

In my younger years I was a big Science Fiction fan and couldn't wait to get older to see how technology would change our lives for the better. Now that I am here I realise that the neo-liberal paradigm of market economies has created what is actually a very bleak world where technology is driven by an  insatiable upgrading that has become the principle strategy/method for feeding our desire for more in both a a physical and psychological context. We have reached a threshold whereby this desire feeds an obscene overproduction of consumer goods that only ends up as landfill within a short period of time. The ecological impact of this lifestyle will be our ultimate reckoning.  

When I was young the world of the future looked and felt vastly different to the reality of today. I think we have been conned. 

I think more recently I have been inspired by the work and thinking of writers such as J.G Ballard, Paul Virillio, Ulrich Baer and Roger Luckhurst. Their work has been inspirational in pulling together my PhD research which I plan to complete in 2019. 

 

2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (STANLEY KUBRICK, 1968)

 

THE SEVENTH CONTINENT  (MICHAEL HANEKE, 1989)


 

SOUNDTRACK TO ARRIVAL (JOHANN JOHANNSSEN, 2016)

 

SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (THE BOOK - KURT VONNEGUT, 1969 & THE FILM - GEORGE ROY HILL, 1972)

 

ALPHAVILLE (JEAN-LUC GODARD, 1965)

 

 

To learn more about our latest exhibition Synthetic and its themes join us for a unique panel discussion exploring science fiction's future predictions, chaired by Dr. Andrew Frost.

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