Radio Imagination

Video: Radio Imagination trailer, Clockshop 

Radio Imagination celebrates the life and work of science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Organized by Clockshop, the 2016 program centers on 10 commissions that explore Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library.

Recognition of Butler’s influence across artistic disciplines and her contribution to the Los Angeles cultural landscape is long overdue. Radio Imagination will bridge Butler’s groundbreaking fiction with contemporary conversations about the future of Los Angeles. The series will span 2016, the tenth anniversary of the writer’s death.

Radio Imagination artists and writers will conduct first-hand research in Butler’s archive at the Huntington Library and create new work based on their findings. New poetry and creative nonfiction by Tisa Bryant, Lynell George, Robin Coste Lewis, and Fred Moten will premiere at a public reading event. New contemporary artworks by Laylah Ali, Lauren HalseyMalik Gaines and Alexandro SegadeMendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith will be presented in an exhibition at Armory Center for the Arts (October 1, 2016–January 7, 2017). Other public programs will round out this year of programming, including musical, scholarly and filmic investigations into Butler’s legacy.

Radio Imagination is curated by Clockshop.

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Radio Imagination is presented in partnership with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; ALOUD, at the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation; Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network; and Armory Center for the Arts.


Radio Imagination is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation and the Pasadena Art Alliance.

Special thanks to Tisa Bryant, William Deverell, Ayana A. H. Jamieson, and Robin Coste Lewis.