11 Sep 2015

Recordings @ Reykjavik

Submitted by Kimon

The Environment, the Future and the Future of Writing

11/09/2015 12:00 - 12:45

Location: Nordic House (Sturlugata 5 Reykjavik 101 IS)


Science fiction is a genre that enjoys huge cult popularity, and its power as a political tool should not be underestimated. Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson (USA), named ‘Hero of the Environment’ by Time Magazine, depicts the colonization of Mars in the face of ecological disaster on Earth in his Marstrilogy. Icelandic author and environmental activist Andri Snær Magnason’s award-winning novel The Dreamland examines the effects of heavy industry in Iceland. This panel will consider the role of literature in relation to the environmental issues that face all humans in current and future generations.

The Environment, the Future and the Future of Writing: Kim Stanley Robinson & Andri Snær Magnason

Moderator: Óttarr Proppé

In collaboration with Reykjavík, UNESCO City of Literature

The Hard Problem

11/09/2015 21:00 - 22:00

Location: Iðnó Theater (Vonarstræti 3 Reykjavik 101 IS)

In this very special event, Kim Stanley Robinson will give a live performance of a radio play that is adapted from his latest science fiction novel Aurora (2015), the tale of a voyage between the stars. Robinson created this piece with Marina Abramović and 25 others in a workshop at UC San Diego, originally intended for use in her performance at the 2015 Venice Bienalle. For this performance, Robinson will read live as the narrator, a conscious computer running the starship, while dreaming passengers on the ship chime in with different voices. The darkened room and soundtrack will create a mystical effect, taking the audience on a fantastical journey.

The Hard Problem: Kim Stanley Robinson and Marina Abramović in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

Aurora: A Voyage Between the Stars by Kim Stanley Robinson