rosa b # 4 is online

rosa b # 4 is online

Rosa B

Spatiorama, Bruno Persat (2010).
March 30, 2012
rosa b # 4 is online

The new issue of rosa b gathers contributions of authors and critics of SF: Pierre Jouan, Paul di Filippo, Bruce Sterling, Serge Lehman, of a hero of fiction, Marie Mathématique, of artists, Bruno Persat, Július Koller, of a radical architect, Piero Frassinelli, of an historian and theoretician of design, Alexandra Midal, of an adventuress writer and journalist, Elizabeth Antébi.


This issue is guest-edited by Yoann Gourmel.


Devised like a black hole, a website with vanishing contents, this rosa b #4 sees science fiction as a global cultural phenomenon, whose “outward signs”—to borrow the words of the author, critic and scriptwriter Serge Lehman [1], one of the contributors to this issue—”have, from the outset, gone beyond fiction and spread to fields as diverse as urbanism, philosophy, religion, and the whole gamut of the sciences”. Science fiction as a virus, or as a “sensibility” for the speculative thinking that runs through many different practices. Beyond the themes peculiar to it, SF is thus here regarded as a vehicle of collective reflexivity, a laboratory capable of giving rise to forms shifting into various domains, where the lowest common denominator is the aesthetic sense of wonder and the cognitive dizziness—estrangement—which they can bestir. By bringing together contributions from critics and authors of science fiction, a fictional character, artists, a radical architect, a historian and theoretician of design and an adventurous journalist, this issue offers a trip within a broadened corpus, aimed at arousing a feeling of science fiction, not confined to the properties of any genre or publishing label.




– Yoann Gourmel, The events horizon
– Serge Lehman, The Legend of the History Processor
– Marie Mathématique, the Misfortunes of a Nice Girl, or: The Pleasures of the 29th Century
– Pierre Jouan, Is it still possible to write science fiction?
– Elizabeth Antébi, Escapees of the Future
– Bruno Persat, Spatiorama
– Yoann Gourmel, Parallel Horizons
– Gian Piero Frassinelli / Superstudio, Twelve Ideal Cities
– Paul di Filippo, Dog Nose and Tree mind : the Future of Art
– Július Koller, Space is the place
– Alexandra Midal, Noam Toran
– Bruce Sterling, The Manifesto of January 3, 2000


Devised and jointly produced by the CAPC musée and the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts, the six-monthly web magazine “Rosa B” is a forum dedicated to research and reflection, which broaches and questions the different current issues of contemporary art. Unlike a traditional publication, each new issue of this on-line magazine encompasses the specific nature of the computer medium. In its form and content it allows for multidisciplinary by dovetailing theoretical writings and contributions with dynamic visual and audio propositions.

[1] Serge Lehman, “De la science-fiction comme laboratoire métaphysique”, Le Monde diplomatique, juillet 2009, pp. 14–15.

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