Mary Sibande, A Gateway To Possible Worlds, Art & Science Fiction: Centre Pompidou-Metz
The exhibition A Gateway To Possible Worlds, Art & Science Fiction is part of a critical and socially committed science fiction that emerged on the fringes of the hippie protest and explores the flaws of our immediate future, using philisophical, phychological, political, societal and ecological themes.
The American writer Ray Bradbury said: "Science fiction is the art of the possible." Under the guise of anticipating the future, it speaks to us of the present. It is a laboratory of hypotheses that manipulate and extrapolate the repressive norms and dogmas of today's world, its ambitions, social afflictions, opportunities and perils. A Gateway To Possible Worlds exhibition brings together over 200 works from the late 1960s to the present day. Art & science fiction whisks visitors away to a 2300m² sci-fi world. It puts the spotlight on the bonds between imaginary worlds and our reality with the help of artists, authors, architects and film directors. It builds on current demands for 21st century utopias to spark debate, inspiration and a form of hope.
Alexandra Müller, research assistant and curator at Centre Pompidou-Metz