FIBER x LAB111: Worlds of Ursula Le Guin

Screening and Talk | December 11

28 | 10 | 19

Date: 11 December
Time: 21:00 – 23:00
Location: Lab111, Amsterdam
Tickets: Lab111

“We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings.” These iconic words were spoken at the end of 2014 by groundbreaking science fiction, fantasy and late feminist writer Ursula Le Guin. With her work – which spans almost 60 years – she introduced the world to mind bending worlds and alternative futures.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of Le Guin by director Arwen Curry. Produced with the writer’s own participation over the course of a decade, this documentary is a journey through her career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Whereas science fiction and fantasy have long been seen as pseudo literature and the domain of men, Le Guin is one of the most important voices that allows us to experience its transformative power and cultural relevance. In 21st century reality – where extreme planetary collapse and social and gender inequality continue under the influence of the Western capitalist system – the legacy of Le Guin is an indispensable gateway to rethink our society and its obsessive technologies through other ways of being.

Prior to the film, there’s an introduction talk. Our guest will be annouced soon.

The screening Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a pre-event for the FIBER Festival 2020: Instability that takes place in May 2020 in Amsterdam.


This evening is presented in collaboration with LAB111, iii, MU and Simulacrum Magazine and supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. It’s part of a 3-venue Dutch tour across cultural initiatives who see Le Guin’s voice to be an essential one in contemporary times.

The other screenings are: The Hague (17/11 at iii workspace | FB Event) and Eindhoven (MU, January 2020)

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