Friday June 4 and Saturday June 5, Extra Extra in collaboration with WORM Rotterdam present a two-day online science fiction programme. Veering from gravitas to satire, sci-fi happens just around the corner and not solely in a galaxy far, far away – it might happen in the rooms of your own home. Together we’ll explore the sensual potential of the sci-fi genre and the adaptive and resilient communities of the urban. Roam in speculative futures, reimagine the streets we walk, experience impossible spaces, enjoy the film programme and think about what these visions mean for your writing practice.
We invite you to join us online for an inspiring talk, two writing workshops featuring acclaimed sci-fi devotees, and a film programme with an introduction.
Besides the talk, which will be streamed through VIMEO, the programme is hosted through Zoom. You will receive an email with login instructions after purchasing your ticket. Arrive a few minutes early to make sure everything is working; our host will be there to assist if needed.
Workshop #2: Sex and the Cityscape
Host: Julie Phillips
Saturday June 5
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets: €35,- including free access to the talk and film programme.
Science fiction is famous for its richly imagined urban landscapes. From the grimy neon-lit alleys of cyberpunk to the cartoonish modernity of The Jetsons, from the Afrofuturism of Wakanda to the hybrid of nature and culture in solarpunk, sci-fi makers are always reinventing the built environment. This workshop on Saturday, guided by writer Julie Phillips, starts with an introduction to these fictional cities. Through writing exercises, participants will devise a science fiction cityscape and its present or future inhabitants. In the second half of the workshop, you will write about what it is like to walk around in your city. To roam, taste, feel, and sensually experience your newly created space and those who live there.
About the workshop host
Julie Phillips is an American writer and critic, connected to the University of Amsterdam. She is the biographer of, amongst others, science fiction author James Tiptree Jr. (AKA Alice B. Sheldon).
(Friday 4th) Talk: Dan Hassler-Forest
During Friday evening, we welcome writer and academic Dan Hassler-Forest for a talk on speculative narratives and Afrofuturist world-building, followed by an online Q&A.
Friday June 4
20:00 – 21:15
(Saturday 5th) Sci-Fi Film Programme
Moderator: Hugo Emmerzael
Time: From Friday to Sunday, at your own leisure
An online film programme, available to stream at your own leisure from Friday until Sunday, is available with video introductions by film critic Hugo Emmerzael. Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’ (2018) depicts a motley crew of astronauts exploring a black hole who are subjected to sexual experiments by their medical officer. A master of art-horror, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Before We Vanish’ (2017), is a throwback to 1980s sci-fi, where aliens land on Earth and snatch not only bodies but memories, beliefs and values. And, in a stunning afro-futurist short, ‘Afronauts’ (2014), Nuotama Bodomo reimagines the 1969 Space Race between America and Zambia.
About Extra Extra
Extra Extra is a multidisciplinary platform, bringing people in the city together through culture and eroticism. Stories of the urban, in all their myriad forms, are published in a biennial print magazine and brought to life during events. Extra Extra presents popular and contemporary urban culture alongside the more classical art forms, bringing together different audiences and voices.