Accompanying Talk Show Series
Feminist SF: Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction
and hosted by Isabel de Sena
3-part event series pays tribute to the powerful alternative images
of mothering we've inherited through the pioneering work of feminist
Sci-Fi writers, most notably regarding their defiance of conventions
on (technological) reproduction, child-rearing, the maternal body,
and sexuality, as well as their invention of ecofeminism and myriad
forms of transspecies kinship.
Rather than a nostalgic reflection, the events examine these authors'
sustained relevance within the current sociocultural and political
landscape, inviting experts from divergent fields (visual arts,
gender-studies, literature, biotechnology and political science)
to programme their "ideal TV and reading evening" on the
Through a live Talk Show format, the selected footage and live readings
are interspersed with conversation, so that the audience (re)discovers
the works through the guest's eyes.
Invited Guests & Schedule
27 August 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Mary Maggic (Artist)
24 September 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Alison Sperling (Scholar
| Literature and Gender Studies)
13 October 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Noemi Yoko Molitor (Artist
and Scholar | Post-Colonial Studies and Queer Art)
Hall PA58, Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin
All episodes will be conducted in English
Entrance: 8 Euro / 5 Euro (reduced)
Space is limited due to the current hygiene and distancing measures
for public events.
theatre is accessible for wheelchair users and includes a wheelchair-accessible
restroom. If you would like to attend the event yet might require
assistance, please inform us when you register.
Episode #1: Mary Maggic
Thursday, 27 August 2020
Mary Maggic (b. Los Angeles, 1991) is a non-binary Chinese-American
artist currently based in Vienna, Austria. Their work spans amateur
science, public workshopology, performance, installation, documentary
film, and speculative fiction. Since 2015, Maggics research
has centered on hormone biopolitics and environmental toxicity,
and how the ethos and methodologies of biohacking can serve to demystify
invisible lines of molecular (bio)power. Completing a Masters from
MIT Media Lab (Design Fiction research group), their work has exhibited
internationally including Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Science
Gallery London (UK), Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (CH), Haus
der Kulturen der Welt (DE), Jeu de Paume (FR), MOCA Tuscon (US),
Haus der elektronischen Kunst (CH), Institute of Contemporary Arts
London (UK), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Jogja National Museum (ID),
and Spring Workshop (HK). In 2017, their project Open Source
Estrogen was awarded Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica
Hybrid Arts, and in 2019 Maggic completed a 10-month Fulbright residency
in Yogyakarta, Indonesia investigating the role of Javanese mysticism
in the plastic pollution crisis. Maggic is a current member of the
online network Hackteria: Open Source Biological Art and the laboratory
theater collective Aliens in Green, as well as a recent contributor
to the radical syllabus project Pirate Care.
Episode #2: Alison Sperling
Thursday, 24 September
Louise Bourgeois: blue is the color of your eyes, 2008, photo:
Moderna Museet-Stockholm; middle:
photo: Alison Sperling; right: film
still, Emilija karnulyte, Sironomelia, 2017
Alison Sperling is from Oakland, California and has been living
and working in Berlin for two years. She currently holds an International
Postdoctoral Initiative (IPODI) Fellowship at Technische Universität
Berlin in the Center for Interdisciplinary Womens and Gender
Studies Research (Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen
und Geschlechterforschung) and is an Affiliated Fellow at the ICI
Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. She studies 20th and 21st
century science and weird fictions, contemporary ecological art,
feminist and queer theory, and the Anthropocene. Recent edited projects
include an issue of Paradoxa: World Studies in Literary Genres on
"Climate Fictions," and a special issue of Studies in
the Fantastic titled "Weird Temporalities," both published
this Summer. She has contributed to a number of edited collections
on science fiction, the Anthropocene, and feminist theory, amongst
other topics, including a recent essay Radiating Exposures
for the book collection on Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure out
recently with ICI Berlin Press. She is the author of journal essays,
book reviews, including a forthcoming interview in the first edited
collection of the work of new weird author Jeff VanderMeer titled
Surreal Entanglements, and she is working on finishing her first
book manuscript titled "Weird Modernisms." Her second
book project she is developing at TU Berlin theorizes toxic natures
though queer and feminist philosophies of reproduction and nature,
particularly through nuclear art and culture. In addition to publishing,
Alison sometimes organizes events in Berlin about contemporary art,
ecology, climate change, gender studies, and the science-fictional.
Episode #3: Noemi Yoko Molitor
Tuesday, 13 October
Noemi Yoko Molitor,
PhD, is a Berlin-based artist and writer. She studied Gender
Studies and European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu
Berlin, Cornell University, and Emory University, with
a focus on post-colonial studies and queer art.
VJ homonym she animates her paintings and found objects
into digital color spaces, or follows twin rovers lost on mars.
She is a founding-member of the VJ-collective Trial and Theresa,
an experiment in sharing footage and live signals. She sometimes
performs as the collectives oracle Jane V, typing
up messages from the new material feminist future. Lately,
Molitor has been exploring the kinship between repetitive gestures
and scaling procedures in painting and video. She is also
working on a series of abstract sister paintings that
connect across space and time: How many movements does it take to
get to the other side of a picture? Seeing time and space in
colors, Molitors intimate relationship with paint goes
back to the teachings of Star TrekThe Next Generation
and feminist Sci-Fi novels. Time is (an) orange and space is (the)
Talk Show series takes place in the context of the project The
Camille Diaries. New Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and
Care at Art Laboratory Berlin.
Mary Maggic with Isabel de Sena. Photo: Franz Reimer.
Mary Maggic. Photo: Franz Reimer.
Alison Sperling with Isabel de Sena. Photo: Franz Reimer.
Noemi Molitor with Isabel de Sena. Photo: Clara Reimer.
Noemi Molitor. Photo: Clara Reimer.
Isabel de Sena. Photo: Clara Reimer.
the generous support of:
The project THE CAMILLE DIARIES arose from a generous invitation
to take part in the international curatorial swarm for the open
call »M/others and Future Humans«, initiated by Ida
Bencke (LABAE,Copenhagen, DK) and Eben Kirksey (Princeton's Institute
for Advanced Study, USA).
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