Research Project Summary:
Smin’s written research highlights the complex, interwoven relationship between contemporary feminisms and science fiction artwork. The contemporary (2015 to 2020) science fiction artworks highlighted by this research stem from traditionally “deemphasized” visual and conceptual mediums (e.g. digital collage, fashion imagery, and interdisciplinary practices). This research gathers these contemporary artworks under the term feminist science fiction art. The thesis aims to expand upon established academic frameworks in feminist critique, creating a model for feminist science fiction art criticism.
Smin Smith (she/they) is a Lecturer in Fashion Styling and Communication (UCA Epsom). Outside of academia, she curates Vagina Dentata Zine, a publication that celebrates still-image science fiction produced by women, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people of colour. The publication has been exhibited in zine collections at the BFI, Tate Modern and V&A, alongside features in Dazed, Dazed Beautyand It’s Nice That.