In a time when superhero, sci-fi and fantasy films are breaking records at the box office and cosplayers are social media celebrities, it seems that the world is more than ready to embrace a side of art that explores comic books and graphic novels. This not to say that ‘geek culture’ is a new phenomenon; we are all aware of the stereotype that portrays lovers of comic books as socially inept people (see the Big Bang Theory as a perhaps outdated model of the geek). Nowadays, however, people are more than happy to share their love of Harley Quinn or the latest issue that Marvel has to offer.
The Mould Map 6-Terraformers exhibition subsequently swerves away from the mainstream in order to showcase talents from all over the world which specialise in video-games, graphic novels, painting, voodoo candles, 3D printed sculptures, printed fabrics and similar aesthetics. “We’re interested in the ways art and design can convey possible futures, both utopian and dystopian and how these visions might enable people to move towards a version of the world they want to live in” says co-creator Hugh Frost, a lecturer in graphic design at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design.