Where does a body end and a piece of technology begin? What does it mean to have a body as it relates to consciousness? Can we synthesise the metrics of bodily experience?
Speculative Skins explores and challenges these questions and more in an internationally-focused group exhibition which delves into the relationship between science fiction and the body.
The exhibition presents itself as an anthropological study of both fact and fiction, drawing on contemporary narratives and technologies to hypothesise potential futures, whilst also referencing pop-culture sources including Star Wars, The X-Files, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon to explore race, gender, and bodily identity through the lens of science fiction.
Utilising a variety of media and formats including video, animation, sculpture, scent, books, comics and archives, the artists in this exhibition each flesh out a piece of their own speculative universe, proposing alternative future histories, or reframing existing ones.
Speculative Skins forms part of NI Science Festival 2018 and has been generously supported by British Council Northern Ireland.