From Remote Stars: Closing Reception

From Remote Stars Closing Reception

15 May 2022, 2-4pm
Museum London
421 Ridout Street, London, ON N6A 5H4

Museum London and Western University are pleased to host a reception to celebrate the conclusion of the exhibition From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures.

The exhibition is framed by a recently uncovered recording that artist Greg Curnoe made of futurist and architect R. Buckminster Fuller speaking in London, Ontario in 1968. More than fifty years later, the show revisits Fuller’s futuristic theories. Today’s reality—climate change, the advent of big data and artificial intelligence, and increasing global interdependence—reveals Fuller’s inventiveness, as well as his limitations.

Fuller’s interest in ecological and architectural innovation and sustainability speak directly to current environmental crises. But the techno-utopia he envisaged was limited in its perspective, an approach this exhibition troubles through the inclusion of artworks advancing feminist, Afrofuturist, and Indigenous futures. Featured artists include: Shuvinai Ashoona, Christina Battle, Katherine Boyer, Heather Campbell, Greg Curnoe, Jade Doskow, Gillian Dykeman, Erin Elder, David Hartt, Farhiya Jama, Jessica Karuhanga, Mary Kavanagh, Kitaay bizhikikwe/Amanda Myers, Rita Letendre, Colin Lyons, Jason McLean, Doug Mitchell, Julie Nagam, Dan Patterson, Skawennati, Amanda White, and Kelly Wood. In addition to these works, the show also includes archival materials documenting Fuller’s time in London.

The exhibition is curated by Kirsty Robertson and Sarah E.K. Smith. It is accompanied by the podcast From Remote Stars, which is produced by Accounts & Records and hosted by the artist Christina Battle. The podcast is distributed on Spreaker. For further information on the research behind the exhibition and podcast, please see the project website.

Join us at Museum London on May 15 from 2-4pm for a final look at the exhibition and an opportunity to meet the curators. This event is free and open to the public, with masking strongly encouraged. Registration is required. We thank our co-sponsors the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University for their support of this event.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to learn more about the From Remote Stars project. For further information please contact fromremotestars@gmail.com.

Image: Kelly Wood, from the Binary Sound Systems series: When in London Sleep at the York Hotel, 2020, photographic print on archival paper. Collection of Museum London; Purchase, 2021.

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