Verbal, Visual

Verbal.

This is going to be one of those colloidal installments containing bits and pieces too insubstantial to warrant their own standalone posts. Upcoming appearances, for one thing: over the next few months, they’re letting me out in public on three separate occasions:

  • The BUG and I will be coappearing at the Peterborough iteration of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, on the evening of March 3. (They don’t seem to have actually announced it on their site yet, but it’s getting pretty close to the wire so I’m jumping the gun in deference to the whole sufficient-warning thing.) We will be coappearing with a third party, but don’t know who that is yet.
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    After a one-year, hiatus, I’m back at the SpecFic Colloquium giving a talk on ScArt. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, the subtitle to the right should fill you in.  Also there will be fractals. Other speakers include Alyx Dellamonica, Peter Chiykowski, Andrew Pyper, Michael Rowe— and Guest of Honor Margaret Atwood, delivering the keynote address “SF in my Life and Art”. (I’m guessing the S stands for “speculative”.)

Traditionally these things have been held upstairs in a cozy little bar/performance venue called The Round. This time they’re springing for the Innis Town Hall, which is, well, somewhat bigger. Saturday, March 12, 9:30-5:00. Get your tickets soon, folks; this one is gonna sell out fast. And not because of ScArt.

  • Finally, I’m going to be one of many Ghosts of GoHs Past at this year’s Ad Astra. In honour of their 35th Anniversary, the organizers are trying to get as many past GoHs to show up as they can. I’m told I’m one of them, even though as of this writing they don’t seem to have put me on their list of panelists here either (Between this and Peterborough, I’m starting to wonder if all these invitations are part of some great and cruel hoax…)

As chance would have it, Ad Astra’s actual Guests of Honour this year include Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, the implacable duo behind ChiZine Press, the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, and the SpecFic Colloquium. It’s a small world.

And Brett and Sandra rule most of it.

Visual.

A few more bits of fan art have accumulated since the last upload, oh, nigh on two months past. Take a gander as they pass through en route to the gallery.  (To those who have only awakened to the concept of web browsing within the past 48 hours, you may click to embiggen.)

An evocative, minimalist impression of Valerie by the ever-awesome Brian Prince. I don't know why I'm only now getting around to highlighting this on the crawl— it's been in the gallery for ages...

An evocative, minimalist impression of Valerie by the ever-awesome Brian Prince. I don’t know why I’m only now getting around to highlighting this on the crawl— it’s been in the gallery for ages…

"Blindsight", by Derek Greenley.  Whoever that character is, they're looking in the wrong direction. (And with the wrong focal length.)

“Blindsight”, by Derek Greenley. Whoever that character is, they’re looking in the wrong direction. (And with the wrong focal length.)

Valerie as Nosferatu, by Polish artist DraxMustHurt.  Noncanonnical though it be, I like the juxtaposition of old school with hard tech.

Valerie as Nosferatu, by Polish artist DraxMustHurt. Noncanonical though it be, I like the juxtaposition of old school with hard tech.

Yeah, I know. Me and media tie-ins just don't mix. But thanks to Dmitry Burdokov, I'm gonna risk it one more time.

Yeah, I know. Me and media tie-ins just don’t mix. But thanks to Dmitry Burdokov, I’m gonna risk it one more time.

This entry was written by Peter Watts , posted on Monday February 22 2016at 06:02 am , filed under ink on art, On the Road, public interface . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

4 Responses to “Verbal, Visual”

  1. Will your talk at ScArt be posted online? Your stuff is always thought provoking

  2. Oh Valerie <3
    I still think you shouldn't have killed her off.

  3. Maybe you can use this guy on the Blindsight film: http://www.howeart.net/index.html

  4. Valerie’s dead? (Evil grin)

    I really do like that Brian Prince art, absolutely great stuff if you ask me. I’ve given up since ‘blender’ modeling not only has a learning-curve that is insurmountable in my circumstances, but also the ‘makehuman’ people and the ‘blender’ people seem to be having some sort of spat about API versions and import-export methods, still not quite resolved all of these months later. Having one’s character model, their clothing, and the global scene all come together at right angles to each other, looks like zero gravity all right but not how you’d intend it. Besides: all of my best attempts at character generation from the novel’s descriptions produce results that make me fall out in giggles, flashing way back to the future with S.P. Somtow’s classic character Timmy Valentine.

    Maybe someone somewhere is going to eventually pull together a “profusely illustrated” BlindoPraxia?