The Speculative Space of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums

‘The Wanderground’ by Amy Butt © 2019

Launching later this month, ‘The Speculative Space of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums’ project will comprise a series of creative workshops that explore the critical ground that exists between science fiction (sf) and Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum (GLAM) spaces and collections. It will consider depictions of GLAM spaces in sf media, existing collections and exhibitions which contain sf media, and sf as a creative practice for engagement and critical reflection within GLAM spaces, looking to the imaginative futures and alternate presents of sf to critically reflect on the futures of these spaces and institutions.

Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, Amy Butt, and I will be running a series of three creative workshops between May and July to gather and discuss these themes through small acts of making. We hope that the creative aspect of these workshops will support imaginative and constructive discussion. Participants would not need to prepare anything in advance, or have any previous experience in making or creative practice. Alongside the in-person creative workshops hosted at GLAM institutions in London and Reading we will be running remote online reflection and making sessions.

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The project is generously funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), through support from the University of Reading and University of Southampton, and in cooperation with curators at the Barbican, the Science Museum, and the Women’s Art Library.

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