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Peninsula Arts presents: FUTURE VISIONS week

PUBLISHED: 18:27 12 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:10 20 February 2013

Peninsula Arts presents: FUTURE VISIONS week

Peninsula Arts presents: FUTURE VISIONS week

A series of talks and sci-fi films explores how culture reflects and animates contemporary concerns and anxieties.

Renowned art critic JJ Charlesworth launches FUTURE VISIONS week at the University of Plymouth as he discusses Art and the present. This week-long celebration in May 2011 hosted by Peninsula Arts, picks up on the curatorial subtitle of the current British Art Show 7 In the Days of the Comet, - coming to Plymouth in September - whereby the films screened and accompanying discussions focus on how we continue to view and represent the future.

Sarah Chapman, Acting Director of Peninsula Arts said: Culture often reflects and projects current concerns, and in particular film portrayals about the future pick up on certain contemporary preoccupations, for example giving voice to exaggerated worries or concerns about what might be unleashed at some point. Whilst these fearful representations of the future certainly make for dramatic scenarios they often however underestimate humankinds resilience and our capacity to adapt. Future Vision week will allow us to both enjoy and reflect on how and why film has so often preferred a dystopian version of what lies ahead for us.

The first half of this weeklong event welcomes other speakers such as Malcolm Miles, Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth who looks at Future City? What will our cities be like in 50 or 60 years time drawing on recent urban development to provide the clues. Writer and performer Timandra Harkness rightly pays homage to human resilience and ingenuity and yet looks at our willingness to expect the worst in her talk, Elusive Armageddon. In and around the talks the Future Visions audience can also enjoy films, which similarly explore these themes, such as Fritz Langs dystopian classic 1927 Metropolis to the more recent We Live in Public (2009).

And so we arrive at the weekend of double bills. Friday through to Sunday evening, six screenings further draw us into the ongoing obsession with re-imaging ourselves. Fahrenheit 451 is where we start, finishing with Fantastic Planet on Sunday.

David McErlane, Film Administrator at Peninsula Arts said: The remarkable thing about Future Visions and what I find so interesting about sci-fi generally is the ability to act as both a time capsule by revealing and exploring the fears and anxieties of a particular time and era, as well as providing contemporary audiences with mirror with which to reflect our own concerns.For example, whilst 82 years may separate Fritz Langs masterpiece Metropolis from todays slick CGI extravaganzas, Langs chilling vision of a city built upon slave labour feels far more real than the latest Alien invasion movie because it could so easily be ascribed to the immigrant labour used to construct the 21st centurys metropolis; Dubai.

The full listing for Future Visions week can be found on the Peninsula Arts website www.peninsula-arts.co.uk.

Tickets 3-6 per event are available from Peninsula Arts Box Office. T: 01752 58 50 50 E: peninsula-arts@plymouth.ac.uk

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