The exhibition project Stone Telling deals with the reception of feminist science fiction literature in contemporary art and the potential of queer-feminist, speculative storytelling. The title Stone Telling refers to one of the main narrators in the book Always Coming Home (1985) by the US American science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin.
The selected works reflect upon science fiction as a possibility to think differently and formulate social utopias. Beyond binary modes of thought, feminist science fiction, in particular, offers potential approaches to the problems of our time and their causes – which are rooted in a patriarchal, colonial, and xenophobic narrative. As Donna J. Haraway writes in her Staying with the Trouble (2016): “It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with”. This could be quite applicable in the very near future: How can we survive in light of the advanced exploitation and devastation of our planet?
Curated by Daniela Hahn and Andrea Lehsiak based on an idea of Chantal Küng, this exhibition showcases feminist utopias, questions the hierarchical narrative, and simulates an “archaeology of the future” on the holodeck of the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.