The Exhibit X Fiction Series showcases experimental and innovative fictions: from new novels to anti-novels, from criti-fictions to cross-genre writing, from hypermedia to the avant-pop…to whatever comes next, whatever that may be—fictions that, as yet, have no name.
Exhibit X presents new fictions in any shape they compose themselves—lends their authors the stage a few nights a year—with the aim of challenging our campus and community audiences to join in the narrative exploration: to reconsider how stories have been told and how they can be told, the boundaries that innovative prose resists.
The State University of New York at Buffalo has a venerable tradition of fostering cutting edge novelists, such as John Barth, Donald Barthelme, J.M. Coetzee, Raymond Federman, and Samuel R. Delany. Founded in 2003, the Exhibit X Fiction Series highlights this unique history and with the ongoing help of our collaborators—UB’s Department of English, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and Talking Leaves Books—we will continue to explore what experimental acts of writing can tell us about the world we live in now.
Alain Robbe-Grillet reflects in “A Future for the Novel,” though it “may conceal a mystery, or betray it,” the Exhibit X makes “a mockery of systems” and “has only one serious, obvious quality, which is to be there.”
The Exhibit X Fiction Series is committed to presenting the innovative fictions that are all around us and yet stand apart. Fictions that dare us, challenge us, define us.