There is a myth going around among Latvian musicians about an unexpected encounter – composer Pēteris Plakidis had once contemplated writing an opera. If such an opera were to be created, it would have been based on the sci-fi classic, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. It is quite intriguing to try to imagine what the encounter of Plakidis and Bradbury would sound like in a contemporary performance piece, because the tropes of science fiction – progressive utopias and frightening dystopias – are current, perceptible and visible in the works of modern artists, who, through grasping the possibilities of an alternative future, outline the current issues of feminism, ecology and politics.
The works of artists featured in the exhibition – Ieva Balode, Kristaps Epners, Viktors Timofejevs and Arturs Virtmanis – urge to think about the threats of an ecological catastrophe, the interaction between technology and the human, and reassess the positioning of traditional gender roles. In fathoming the echoes of past utopias in the present day, they provoke the unraveling of a series of similarities and consistent patterns, thus revealing systems under which the modern society functions and identifying ways in which possible futures are envisioned.
Curators: Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere
The exhibition will be available until November 22.
Free of admission
Place: Liepāja concert hall Great Amber, art space Civita Nova.
Organized by: Great Amber in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and Goethe-Institut Riga as a satellite program of the project Komunalka Community.
Supported by: Federal Foreign Office the Federal Republic of Germany, Liepāja City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation.