In order to continue its vulgarization work on the science fiction role in our everyday life, the Maison d’Ailleurs decided to publish short essays – “Les Collections de la Maison d’Ailleurs” – that offer several perspectives on the exhibition’s main theme that one can see at a particular moment, and an exceptional iconographic selection.
The sixth volume of this collection reflects, using numerous examples, on the aesthetic dimension of science fiction to show on the one hand that it is primarily an art of language (textual or iconic) and on the other, that it has the capacity to create a different language, in other words to propose an alternative to our daily use of language. The thesis underlying this volume is to remind us that art has always been a means to offer the human condition “images” and an opportunity to imagine or even to reinvent itself. Science fiction has a similar ambition in the sense that its stories are above all the articulation between a “lexicon” – crystallised around the conjecture – and a “grammar” (the scenario) which, when innovative, invites us to better understand the alienation experienced by our identity in the modern world.
Author: Marc Atallah