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WorldCanvass: Global Science Fiction

From: Joan Kjaer
Series: WorldCanvass
Length: 01:58:40

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Conversations and live musical performance based on international themes.

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“Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.”

-Rod Serling

Host Joan Kjaer

Science fiction scholars and a renowned filmmaker join host Joan Kjaer for a robust discussion of the genre of science fiction, both in literature and in film. We look at the genesis of science fiction and at its profusion around the globe, discussing recurrent themes and the impact of science fiction on both popular culture and everyday assumptions about the future. We also meet the artist who brought us SLEEP DEALER, award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera.

Professor Brooks Landon and Associate Professor David Wittenberg, both of the UI English Department, join Rob Latham of the University of California, Riverside, for an overview of the complex and imaginative field of science fiction literature and cinema.

University of British Columbia Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh, Depauw University Professor Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., and Latham discuss technology and the body, as well as science fiction and the state.

Orbaugh and Ronay explore science fiction on the global scene with Rachel Haywood Ferreira of Iowa State University, Nathaniel Isaacson of North Carolina State, and Sami Khan, a Fulbright foreign language teaching assistant from India working at the UI.

A special highlight of the program is our interview with filmmaker Alex Rivera. His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and won two awards, including the award for screenwriting. His films address concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, and they’ve been screened internationally at venues such as The Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS and Telluride. His work has focused on what he sees as two parallel realities: the globalization of information through the Internet, and the globalization of families and communities through mass migration.

Piece Description

“Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.”

-Rod Serling

Host Joan Kjaer

Science fiction scholars and a renowned filmmaker join host Joan Kjaer for a robust discussion of the genre of science fiction, both in literature and in film. We look at the genesis of science fiction and at its profusion around the globe, discussing recurrent themes and the impact of science fiction on both popular culture and everyday assumptions about the future. We also meet the artist who brought us SLEEP DEALER, award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera.

Professor Brooks Landon and Associate Professor David Wittenberg, both of the UI English Department, join Rob Latham of the University of California, Riverside, for an overview of the complex and imaginative field of science fiction literature and cinema.

University of British Columbia Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh, Depauw University Professor Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., and Latham discuss technology and the body, as well as science fiction and the state.

Orbaugh and Ronay explore science fiction on the global scene with Rachel Haywood Ferreira of Iowa State University, Nathaniel Isaacson of North Carolina State, and Sami Khan, a Fulbright foreign language teaching assistant from India working at the UI.

A special highlight of the program is our interview with filmmaker Alex Rivera. His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and won two awards, including the award for screenwriting. His films address concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, and they’ve been screened internationally at venues such as The Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS and Telluride. His work has focused on what he sees as two parallel realities: the globalization of information through the Internet, and the globalization of families and communities through mass migration.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
IB Edgar Meyer 04:00

Related Website

http://international.uiowa.edu