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Speculative Poetry and SF - Readings and Talks

What will the world of tomorrow look like? And what ideas for possible futures can literature offer? In April 2022, authors from various literary fields met at the invitation of poet Tim Holland, capsule editor Lukas Dubro, and the LCB to spend three days creating new text and performance ideas that advance and rethink the field of speculative fiction, from technology-oriented science fiction to speculative feminism.

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto Dagmar Schwelle

Now, the subsequent work phase and the project will culminate in a three-day finale: on the first day, we will once again survey what Speculative Fabulating already has to offer with two rounds of discussions. On the following two days, we will present the anthology "Collapse and Hope Porn. 13 Future Prospects" at Kunsthaus Acud, which gathers the results of the unconference: a form-rich outlook on the future of Speculative Fabulation.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Literary Colloquium Berlin
17.30 Admission (from 17.30 h), SF-Future-Jazz-Mockumentary by Burkhard Finckh.

6.30 p.m. Speculative Poetry
In the series Stoffe. What is contemporary literature made of?
With Daniel Falb, Tim Holland and Rike Scheffler
Moderation: Alexander Graeff

20.30 SF - A literary approach to tomorrow
Dietmar Dath and Regina Kanyu Wang in conversation

The finale of "Future Prospects" begins with speculative poetry, in which the form itself sometimes becomes the material. While in the poetry of other languages sex robots have long been writing logbooks or mushrooms give themselves constitutions, the speculative is now fully taking hold in German-language poetry as well. In his legendary volumes of poetry, most recently "Orchidee und Technofossil" (kookbooks, 2019), Daniel Falb has found a geospeculative form of pushing the rock layers of knowledge into one another and blending them onto one another in such a way that in the emerging Poetocene anything seems possible.


In Tim Holland's "wir zaudern, wir brennen" (Verlag Rohstoff bei Matthes & Seitz, 2022) there is a long poem revolution with an extended appendix: there new beings are determined, manifestos collectivized, and paragraphs bent. Rike Scheffler lets in "Lava. Rituals" (kookbooks, 2022), Rike Scheffler lets body and sound rituals of a possible future resound back into our present as transformative practices: to become water, to salvage everything worth guarding. The roundtable will be moderated by poet, philosopher and queer activist Alexander Graeff.

Afterwards, the author Dietmar Dath and the Chinese science fiction writer Regina Kanyu Wang, a guest at the LCB in September, will ask themselves which productive forms for the narration of possible futures already exist and can be made useful. Regina Kanyu Wang is one of the most exciting voices of the young Chinese science fiction scene and at the same time one of its most important mediators. Dietmar Dath's 2019 study "Niegeschichte. Science Fiction as an Art and Thinking Machine" (Matthes & Seitz).

For the arrival, a science fiction audio piece between future jazz and mockumentary by the Freiburg sound artist Burkhard Finckh can be heard.


Admission 8 € / 5 €.
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