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The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

Texta book club: The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 5 September, 6pm, Free

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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions Why Future Still Needs Us: AI and Humanity and Machination we are discussing The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle.

With the threat of the future perpetually on the brink of collapse, catastrophe is our most popular entertainment. The energy crisis has come and gone and the world watches as Pitcairn Island sinks into the Pacific, wondering if this will be the end of everything. Amongst it all, Max Galleon, anxious family man and blockbuster auteur, lives a life that he cannot remember.

If the lines between real and unreal are fully blurred, can you really trust anyone, even yourself?

Briohny Doyle is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. Her work has appeared in publications like The Lifted Brow, The Age, Overland, Going Down Swinging and Meanjin, among others, and she has performed her work at the Sydney Festival and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Island Will Sink.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

Upcoming event

Tuesday 14 November, 6pm
The memory artist by Katherine Brabon (2016)

The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

Texta book club: The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 14 November, 6pm, Free

Let us know you're coming

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions The churchie national emerging art prize we are discussing The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon.

How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev's repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of Stalinist violence.

When Gorbachev promises glasnost (openness), Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old longs to create art and carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes and falls in love, yet that hope fragments and he lives a solitary life in St Petersburg until a phone call in the middle of the night summons both Moscow and memory.

Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha's search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia's traumatic past.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Memory Artist.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

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