5 June 2014

China Miéville

Our world is changing but is it changing for better? The real and the virtual have come together and it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between them. Are we beginning to live in a completely virtual world?

China’s work is often described as urban surrealism full of the “fantastical” and “supernatural”. He has described M.John Harrison, Charlotte Bronte, Tim Powers and Gene Wolfe as some of his major influences.

Miéville’s Perdido Street Station won both the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy awards in 2011 and was also nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and British Science Fiction awards. Iron Council and The City & the City were both Arthur C. Clarke winners in 2005 and 2010 respectively.

He belongs to a group known as the New Weird whose main goal is to move fantasy away from the purely commercial. He says Tolkien is an amazing writer but the idea of his “fantasy world” needs to be changed.

Artist Nathan Jones has created an audio artwork based on China’s text as part of Science Fiction: New Death. The texts are available exclusively in our free gallery guide that you can pick up in the building.

The exhibition closes on 15 June! Don't miss your chance to see works from artists including Jon Rafman, Larissa Sansour, Ryan Trecartin, Jae Rhim Lee and James Bridle. 

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Science Fiction: New Death project page