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.
* I like films about time travel.
E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (STEVEN SPIELBERG, 1982)
Sometimes it’s not about how great the movie is, but at what age you first watched it. I first watched E.T. when I was 9 years old with my mum at the State Theatre and it made a huge impression. I was completely taken to another world. It was the first time I felt a creative high. I drew pictures of E.T. in my note books for months after seeing the movie. There is a full size E.T. replica BMX bike in our hallway. Steven Spielberg will always be a childhood hero.
INCEPTION (CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, 2010)One of the few movies I have seen in theatres more than once. It was the first time I began paying attention to the names Christopher Nolan (director) and Hans Zimmer (film score writer). I’ve now watched every movie they have made together. I love the concept of time travel in dreams. So much of the film feels plausible.
INTERSTELLAR (CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, 2014)
Another Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer master piece. I love the mood and atmosphere of this movie. It is the state I am striving to envelop myself in while I am making art. The ending is a bit iffy I know.
THE FUTURE (MIRANDA JULY, 2011)
Is a little known film by Miranda July. I have included this film on my list because I would like to encourage more people to see it. It’s a sci-fi film that feels personal and features a talking cat. It’s the type of sci-fi film I could see myself making if I was a film maker.
BACK TO THE FUTURE (ROBERT ZEMECKIS, 1985)
My favourite film of all time. It has the coolest opening scene of any movie. It made me want to ride a skateboard. When the hit song The Power of Love came on our car radio I would refuse to leave the car until the song finished playing. We played it during our wedding ceremony. I’m still looking for a red sleeveless puff jacket and my own Deloren. ‘Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!’
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.