Dove sogna la mosca giravite brings together three new stories in the form of a melologue for words, music and images. The screwfly solution by Alice Bradley Sheldon – the mother of American feminist science-fiction – where an epidemic of gender violence of unknown origin spreads throughout the planet; the desperate solitude of Agnès, imprisoned in her “western” avatar in Immersion by Aliette de Bodard, a young French-Vietnamese author; the controlled and “vegetated” society in Standing woman by Yasutaka Tsuitsui, one of the founding fathers of Japanese science-fiction. A small non-European anthology of contemporary science-fiction with a particular focus on “epidemics” both cultural and biological, on the concept of “other” as alien and an object of colonisation, on de-humanising systems of control, and on relationships as the origin and cornerstone of all forms of survival.
Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915–1987) known under the pseudonym of James Tiptree Jr., was an American science-fiction writer. Bradley Sheldon adopted the male pseudonym of James Tiptree Jr., considering it to be “a good disguise”. Her first story, The Lucky Ones appeared in The New Yorker in 1945. In 1969 she wrote The Last Flight of Doctor Ain, her first successful novel. Tiptree/Sheldon wrote in a variety of styles and subgenres, combining a focus on technology with the dry style of science-fiction as well as sociological and psychological interests. Other themes were the tension between free will and biological determinism, feminism, reasoning and sexual desire. Love is the Plan the Plan is Death is one of her rare science-fiction stories that does not feature human beings.
Aliette de Bodard (1982) is a science-fiction and fantasy writer of French-Vietnamese origin. Immersion won the Nebula award in 2012 for best short story. The story The Shipmaker won the BSFA Award in 2010. Again in 2010 ,the story The Jaguar House, in Shadow was a finalist for both the Nebula and the Hugo awards. Her short novel On a Red Station, Drifting, published in 2012, was a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. With The House of Shattered Wings and Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight Aliette de Bodard became the first author to win both the BSFA Award for the best novel and for the best short story in the same year. 2018 saw the publication of her fantasy novel In the Vanishers’ Palace.
Yasutaka Tsutsui (Osaka 1934) is one of the most important figures in Japanese science-fiction. Between 1970 and 1979 he won the Tanizaki Award, the Yomiuri-bungaku Award seven times (three for best novel and four for best story), and the Seiun Award (a Japanese award for the best fantasy and science-fiction works). He divides his work between the writing of novels and stories. In the Western world, he is known particularly for his novel Paprika and for Toki o Kakeru Shōjo, known with the title The Girl who Leapt through Time, which became an animated film in 2006, directed by Mamoru Hosoda. The majority of his works are yet to be published in Italy.
The performance, from the programme Ogni volta unica la fine del mondo, is part of Alleanze multispecie, which studies collective forms of examining our position in the world, posing the question of whether the ideas that take form as we interact in symbiosis with other species can generate a hybrid aspect capable of repairing the fracture between Nature and Culture that has characterised the Anthropocene.
75 minutes without interval