How does she inhabit the structures of the past with visions of the future?
She was always fascinated with how her living environment shaped her understanding of the world, how the relationship to others conditioned her behavior, how advertising affected perceptions of class, sex, and gender, how food culture introduced new social rituals of eating together, and how TV could project visions of the future. In the last days, she had been trying to find a film that had once been recommended to her by a friend. The image of a black woman airing her voice over the radio, the protagonist of the story, was captured on a film poster. Timid to embark on a mode of self-reflection, she wanted to raise questions that could awaken her own political struggle, and that was one of positioning in order to address questions of race, class, gender, the role of education in perpetuating stereotypes. Instead of scrutinizing reality, she wondered how science fiction could help her create collective visions not yet seen, memories of events not yet happened, a new language not yet spoken. She had only recently found her voice. It was soft, calm, thoughtful, and reflective. It also rarely questioned the simplest of things that had been accepted as “that’s just how it is.” But now was the moment that she wanted to question everything.
Sepake Angiama conducts readings of novels, film screenings, and listening sessions to explore how science fiction may be the perfect tool for capturing the imagination needed to address non-fascist living.