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Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas


Hector Hernandez, Bulca , 2015. 20x30 in. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and UCR ARTSblock.

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Artists from across the Americas have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine utopian and dystopian realities, leading to intersections between science fiction, techno-culture, and visual arts.

In a wide-ranging survey exhibition, UCR ARTSblock will bring together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future. In the works featured in the exhibition, most created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in “other” worlds. Mundos Alternos brings into dialogue the work of international artists from across Latin America with Latino artists from throughout the U.S., including local Chicano and Chicana artists. Drawing on the University’s strong faculty and collections in this area, UCR ARTSblock will offer a groundbreaking account of the intersections among science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts.

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September 16, 2017 - February 04, 2018


Inland Cities




Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance, Photography, Sculpture



UCR ARTSblock Website


3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA