In collaboration with Icebox Project Space Distance≠Time exhibition and performance, Black Quantum Futurism presents Time Camp 001, a two-day program and interactive installation exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts from various frameworks, disciplines, and cultural traditions. The program includes two days of workshops, presentations, rituals, film screenings, interactive installations and special performances from local and national artists, scientists, social activists, filmmakers, writers, poets and more at Icebox Project Space.

Hashtags:  #TimeCamp001   #TC001

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*Workshop descriptions below

Time Camp Day 1 Welcome

09/30/17

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Day 1 Program and Exhibition Overview

Light Breakfast

Concurrent Workshops 1

09/30/17

12:00PM - 1:30PM

- Convergence x Subduction/Plates x Planes w/ Sapphire Woods

- Time Travel in the Dream State workshop/lecture w/ Nickelangelo

Break 1

09/30/17

1:30PM - 2:15PM

Snacks, games, Time Camp film screenings, exhibition visit, Temporal Library readings

 

Moor Mother sound/dream meditation (10 participants)

Concurrent Workshops 2

09/30/17

2:15PM - 3:45PM

- The Build 2020 Manifesto: Past, Present, Future w/ Molina Speaks

- Lasers, Portals, Entropy and Magic w/ Kendra Krueger

Break 2

09/30/17

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Snacks, games, exhibition visit, Moor Mother sound/dream meditation (10 participants)

Concurrent Lectures

09/30/17

4:00PM-4:30PM

- How the brain perceives time and what it means for your memories lecture w/ Nathan Fried

- The First Light Series: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Time Talk Back w/ Alex Harsley

Concurrent Workshops 3

09/30/17

4:30PM - 6PM

- Timelessness and the Child Unconscious in Poetry w/ Maggie Lily

- The Social Alchemy of Mestizaje Consciousness w/ Sheree Brown & Asia Dorsey

Special Presentations

6PM-6:45PM

- Tarot readings by OSHUN

- Performative Workshop with YATTA

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Time Camp Day 2 Welcome

10/01/17

12:30 PM - 1:00PM

Day 2 Program and Exhibition Overview

Light Breakfast

Concurrent Workshops 1

10/01/17

1:00 PM-2:30PM

- Journey to KMT: Yoga as Time Travel w/ Jazmyn Burton

Workshop can accompany up to 15 people. Feel free to bring your own yoga mat. 

- Dreaming Social Justice: How Dreamwork Transforms Futures w/ Sheree Brown & Asia Dorsey

Break 1

10/01/17

2:30PM - 2:45PM

Snacks, games, Time Camp film screenings, exhibition visit, Temporal Library readings

 

Moor Mother sound/dream meditation (10 participants)

Concurrent Workshops 2

10/01/17

2:45PM - 4:00PM

- Time Travel Through Blood and Memory w/ Blache Marie and Rose

Workshop accommodates up to 15 people only

- Tell the Story of Tomorrow, Today workshop w/ Matt Kalasky

Camp Bands Showcase

10/01/17

4:15PM - 6:00PM

Performances By:

- Solarized

- Moor Mother + Special Guests

- Interminable

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Workshop presenters and

descriptions

Alex Harsley & Kendra Krueger

Film Screening + Talkback: The First Light: The Mythos of Dark Energy, Dark Matter and Dark Time

Harsley's hypnotic video takes us on a journey of unraveling. It is a parable and family history of dark matter, dark energy and ultimately dark time. The journey is through parallel dimensions, oscillating between a narrative dance of dark energy and it's illegitimate child dark matter and visions of current day dystopia filled with distraction and false urgency. The layered and 3-dimensional soundscape begins to hypnotize as the parallel realities merge and emerge from the noise. There is a sense of deprogramming. Of un-knowing. Of arriving at a new nexus of time/space story.  Join us after the screening for a talk-back with the artist and his daughter, a scientist, on further unraveling the story of energy, matter and time.

Bio:  

Alex Harsley is a photographer and experimental videographer, founder of Minority Photographers Inc (est 1971) and The 4th Street Photo Gallery (1973) of NYC's Lower East Side. His collection and experience continues to be a container and witness to the resonant and fractal nature of time, change and human nature. He started his career as the first black photographer for NYC's District Attorney in 1959. His gallery space remains as one of the few POC owned and operated artist spaces in the Lower East Side. He continues to serve the community as a mentor and for young artists and as a documentor of the history and lineage of photographic technology and the changing city itself.

Website:

http://www.the4thstreetphotogallery.com/alex-harsley.html
https://fith-artcollective.jimdo.com/alex-harsley-first-light-series/

Asia Dorsey and Sheree Brown

Workshop: The Social Alchemy of Mestizaje Consciousness

Engaging the alchemical processes of integrating social identities and ancestry, to transform personal and collective consciousness. Through navigating the language and processes of plant alchemy and mestizaje consciousness, we will identify and design roadmaps to the liberated future of our creation. Utilizing the concept of mestizaje as cultivated by Gloria E. Anzaldua, we will explore how the mixing of ancestry, blood, and culture has created a new race, la raza cosmica, and consequently a new consciousness. Mestizaje Consciousness gives the example and vision of rectifying and bringing together the duality/plurality of our ancestries into wholeness. The study of alchemy will be the vehicle and lens through which we experience and observe the concept of Mestizaje Consciousness.

Bio: 

Asia Dorsey is a serene green love machine. She makes art of spreading the seeds of creativity and community, justice and just desserts to anyone brave enough to be themselves. She trades fertilizer with seed activists and stories of future remembrance through belly button solidarity. Currently, this bioalchemist, educator and leader of the Five Points Fermentation Co., enjoys her time working with youth and families around indigenous culinary technology. Her work is ever cultivating the partnerships needed to create a bioregional food economy rooted in the ethics of people care, land care and fair share. Formally a graduate of New York University, this Colorado wise woman, wakes up every day newly inspired by the power of everyday people to do extraordinary things. She is also a mothafu*kin mermaid.

Blache Marie & Rose of For Brown Bleeders

Workshop: Time Travel Through Blood and Memory

Our blood. Our lineage. Our life force.

Using ourselves as living libraries, we will time travel through blood memory, which carries our knowledge, our wounds, our joys and pain and our ancestors. What happens when we imagine and practice nourishing the future for brown bleeders? What happens when we remember we have always time traveled using blood memory? We are living libraries of healing methods and guardians of our knowledge. Journey with us as we tap into our blood memory and exchange knowledge and stories. We will pass around sacred objects from our travels and herbal remedies created by for brown bleeders. This space created will be a participatory circle to discuss these ideas. Limited to 15 participants, POC Only. 

Bio:

Blache Marie and Rose met in 2015, at a time when they were involved with an exploitative non-profit. This non-profit made people of color feel tokenized in the “housing scholarship” program.  Their first conversation was about a desire to build and live in a tiny house. From there on, their friendship grew to including deeper conversations, healing, and traveling.

For Brown Bleeders originally began as a book series which served as a method to organize the chaos that domestic violence and mental illness causes. Through working internally, artist Blache Marie was able to connect the abuse in their childhood home — as well as with mental and physical health systems — to systemic oppression. Blache and Rose shared their stories of childhood abuse with one another. For Blache, in particular, this was helpful because they were not aware that they had been abused by their parents until they had been away from them for a few years. As Blache worked on the book series, Rose and Blache had several conversations about what they need as they bleed, considering that they both experienced significantly painful periods. From these interpersonal and intrapersonal l conversations, they learned of the profound depth of bleeding and blood itself. Essentially, blood carries the histories of our ancestors as well as our own stories we sometimes wish to forget. 

For Brown Bleeders is  an organizing collective of earth-connected PoC, low-socioeconomic status (low-SES) artists and healers centering the experiences of black and native people in the United States. Ultimately, we organize healing spaces and create herbal remedies focused on the needs of PoC who bleed and who are moving through all forms of abuse, with an emphasis on sexual assault, domestic violence, and environmental racism.

Interminable

Performance/Workshop: Con/secuencia: diasporic fusion as time travel

 

African, southern Spanish, Arabic, and native American roots.  Jazz, bringing together echoes of blues, ragtime -- both rooted in improvisation, afrodiaspora and swing time.  Bring them together with electronic music and rock and you have the beginnings of Interminable.  No song is performed the same way twice; time, chords, and musical keys move in cyclical motion.  We bring all of who we are -- multifaceted identities, musical backgrounds, instruments.  

Bio:  

Interminable is a Philadelphia-based dyasporic space jazz project, born out of a chance encounter on the train. A week later, the band was playing its first show. These days, Interminable explores the modern diasporic experience, with covers and originals both in English and Spanish. Through their music, Interminable gives voice to socio-political themes often ignored, like displacement, migration, and identity. Interminable searches for common threads of improvisation throughout son jarocho (a regional style of music from Veracruz, México), electronic music, rock, and jazz. This innovative tapestry of sounds is expressed through the band’s unique combination of instruments: the jarana and the voice, trumpets and djembe, drumset and bass.  

 

Since Interminable's debut in 2015, opening for nationally-renowned cumbia group, Viento Callejero, the band has amassed an impressive portfolio. The band has opened for many nationally and internationally recognized acts including Radio Jarocho, Zenén Zeferino, Mare Advertencia Lirika, DJ Precolumbian, Claudio Vega, Jarana Beat, and Gina Chavez. They have played venues from punk basement shows to The Magic Gardens. They were a featured performer in SUPER|object, a forum for emerging queer artists in Philadelphia. Recently, Interminable presented their music in Mexico, collaborating with local son jarocho musicians Anna Arismendez and Natse Rojas for performances in Puebla, Mexico City, and the biggest annual celebration of son jarocho, the Fiestas de la Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. They are currenty gearing up to record their debut album and will be touring in preparation for that process. Come share in their celebration of migrant sounds, cultural fusions, and musical community!

www.interminablemusic.com

Jazmyn Burton

Workshop: Journey to KMT: Yoga as Time Travel

 

The past is not physical it’s only information stored in your mind.  When you consciously or unconsciously alter the information you’ve stored as memory,  you change the past, when you change your past, you change the timeline that you are traveling on and the possibilities of the future. Using Egyptian Yoga as the catalyst, this innovate yoga and meditation class will challenge students to visualize and explore ancient Egypt through the power of imagination. Students will be become characters in myth of the Ausarian Resurrection, which predates the Judeo Christian resurrection myth, through a series of mediations and postures that align with the principal deities in the story.

Bio:

Jazmyn is a 200-hour certified, Philadelphia based yoga instructor and health and wellness writer.Over the last decade Jazmyn has immersed herself in the physical and spiritual practiced of yoga. Her classes are crafted for all levels and provide a serene, safe and welcoming space where students of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds can find peace and balance while working to create a wellness regime that supports their physical, emotional and spiritual development. Visit yeyeyoga.com to learn more about Jazmyn and her classes.

 

 

Kendra Krueger

Workshop: The Magic of Uncertainty: Portals and Entropy

Portals are technologies that allow us to access alternate realities, information and energies outside of our conventional time-space. Many modern technologies such as lasers work on the same principles that are utilized in ancient practices of ceremony and ritual. We will explore the fundamentals of creating resonant systems that exists in both physical and emotional dimensions. Entropy and evolution will be relevant themes as we decolonize scientific language and the narratives that limit the possibilities of infinite uncertainty. We will engage with our own intuitive technologies that allow us to access, process and store information, matter and energy as we reclaim the science of time-space.

Bio:  

Kendra Krueger is a scientist and wixard who teaches how to use science as a tool for personal liberation and discovery.  She works with artists and healers to develop scientific protocols and research methods while also teaching scientists how to train and calibrate their intuitive problem solving skills.  She has a bachelor and masters degree in Electrical Engineering (BS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MS University of Colorado Boulder) and has experience in radio astronomy, semiconductor physics, photolithography and ceramics.  She is trained in facilitation, permaculture, anti-oppression, mindfulness meditation and dabbles in radio production, journalism, theater, dance and music.  She is originally from New York City's Lower East Side and currently lives in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.


Website: www.4loveandscience.com

Maggie Lily

Timelessness and the Child Unconscious in Poetry

Through principles of Black Quantum Futurism such as retrocausality and time mapping, and the Jungian practice of Active Imagination, participants will be challenged to question concepts of linear time in relation to the “childself” as it denies access to understanding who we are and always have been. Through poetry exercises and exercises in Active Imagination, participants will write a poem or poems based upon their individual journeys into the timeless realm of the collective unconscious.  

Bio:  

Maggie Lily is an award-winning poet, artist, curator, and moth who has spent much of her poetic practice invested in the collective unconscious and in the mind-to-spirit connection.

Matt Kalasky

Workshop: Tell the Story of Today, Tomorrow: A Writing Workshop

 

We live our everyday stuck sandwiched between what has come directly before and soon to come after.  But what if we could understand our present moment from a different vantage point?  One that is situated in a distant time and place of our own creation?

 

“Imagine it’s the year 2037, tell us the story of today.”

 

 

For this writing workshop participants will create short works of autobiographical fiction that will recount the last 24 hours of their life from the perspective of an imagined future. The goal of this workshop is to give participants the power to shape their present life through the mechanics of future speculative fiction writing. This workshop will also include brief writing exercises plus readings and discussions of literary examples.  No writing experience necessary. All materials will be provided.

Bio:

Matt Kalasky is a designer, critic and arts organizer living in Philadelphia. DAY TIME:  He is the Education and Public Engagement Coordinator at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design. NIGHT TIME: He is a frequent contributor to Philadelphia's Artblog. ALL THE TIME: With Mike Treffehn he is I am the One Who Knocks--Philadelphia's second-best lecture-onica soul-cialist cover jam band

Molina Speaks

Workshop: The Build 2020 Manifesto: Past, Present, Future

 

Build 2020 Manifesto is a People's History of the Future—a ten chapter book-on-tape cut to hip-hop and glitch beats. The project centers on three key themes: Technology, Sustainability, Humanity. Centering on the premise that the timeframe between 2010 and 2020 would dictate the next 100 to 1000 years of human future, artist Molina Speaks studied the past, then present trends, and futurist projections of artists, philosophers, tech giants, technocrats, media institutes, and corporate, banking and governmental institutions. Build 2020 Manifesto is a time capsule for humanity, and a call to action for the ancestors—US—to build the future we wish to inhabit now in the present tense. As man continues to merge with machine and people experience time at a faster pace, the message and subject matter become increasingly more relevant. Economic, political, and ecological crises fuel the paradigm of disaster capitalism, as all of humanity is forced to question what futurist survival may entail. Much of what was predicted in 2010 has come to pass as we approach the year 2020. It is time to reflect upon lessons learned, and to strategically set the stage for the futurist paradigm shifts of 2020. This requires an integration of personal, collective, cultural, spiritual, artistic, social, political, and economic approaches, and above all creativity and imagination.

 

Bio:

Molina Speaks is a Chicano | Indigenous | Mestizo Futurist, a living word architect, a human bridge, and an artist. He is a professor of cultural and media studies, and works with young people at all ages levels to develop their imaginations, creativity and senses of wonder about their existence. In addition to his own music and poetry, he plays with Chicano Afrobeat orchestra Pink Hawks and punk and hip-hop act Roots Rice and Beans. He cooks up magic and medicine in the kitchen, and contributes time and knowledge to various community organizations, arts collectives, and holistic health initiatives. He is the recipient of Westword’s2017 Mastermind Award.

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Moor Mother + Special Guests

Time Camp Sonic Durational 

Sign up and journey through sonic dream explorations with moor mother and special guests on a personal set of headphones. Let sound be the medium for you to meditate, time travel, nap or whatever you imagine.

www.moormother.com

Nathan Fried

Lecture: How the brain perceives time and what it means for your memories

Deep within your brain, tucked under the thalamus lies a small structure that resembles a pine cone. Although bathed in darkness, it contains neurons that are sensitive to light; a third eye. An intricate system exists that takes photons of light from the retina and sends them along neuronal pathways to this little structure. In response, it slowly reduces its release of melatonin, a signaling molecule that courses through your veins to tell each and every cell whether it's day or night. This is the pineal gland and it's responsible for the most innate form of time perception – circadian rhythms.

 

Over the millennia, complex structures within the brain have evolved to allow time to be told on a greater range than morning and night.A network of brain regions including the cerebral cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia allow you to piece together memories, string words into sentences, bring a spoon full of food to your mouth; timing is vital to the complex behaviors we all take for granted. Interestingly, different emotions like fear can modulate these systems, changing the way we perceive time and fundamentally altering our behaviors. This lecture will provide you with the knowledge of how the brain perceives time and how our environments can alter that.

Bio:

Dr. Nathan Fried is an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Rutgers University where he focuses his research on how the brain perceives the senses and how sensory input can alter moods. In his lab, he uses modern-day neuroscience and genetics techniques that allow him to engineer mice to "feel light" with state of the art technology called optogenetics. As a professor he teaches numerous concepts about the brain that range from how we perceive time to how addiction develops. He is also a science journalist at Harvard University.

Nickelangelo

Workshop: Time Travel in the Dream State

Time travel is often thought of in terms of moving the physical body through time and space into other eras and realities. This workshop is an exploration beyond the physical into the metaphysical — the movement of awareness beyond the present, into the past and future, by means of dream and trance experiences, both conscious and unconscious. 

Subjects include:
● historical practice of recording and making use of dream travels, with examples from
all over the world
● dreams as prophesy of future events

● dreams as an exploration of the concept of past lives
● examples of dreams as creative source of artistic and scientific ideas
● examples of my own personal experiences with time travel in the dream state
● lucid dreams, and dream symbology
● waking dreams, using dream symbology to analyze experiences while awake
● developing intuition
● entering a dreamlike state through meditation, contemplation, and hypnogogic trance

● practical tips on remembering and recording dreams

Bio:

After decades of work in the worlds of publication, interface, and advertising design -- cutting and pasting and clicking and cropping -- Nickelangelo has jumped ship into the sea of the contemporary conceptual art, and has been struggling ever since to keep his head above the waves. He has recorded and studied his dreams for the past twenty years, and considers dreamworking to be a fundamental tool anyone can use to better understand their past, present, and future lives.

Oshun

Tarot Readings

Oshun is a professional tarot reader and energy healer based in Philadelphia. Oshun has done chakra healing, mediumship, tarot therapy, candle magic, and spell work for the past 20 years. She uses tarot as a tool to help people see behind the veils and achieve their highest purpose. She is a generational bruja from a long line of root and energy workers. Her gifts and work is rooted in African Ancestral energy. Oshun invites you to enter into a place of knowing and healing. Nothing is hidden and everything can be healed

Sapphire Woods

Workshop: Convergence x Subduction // Plates x Planes

 

This workshop centres African notions of time and Akan perceptions of personhood. Taking as a fact that time likens to convection currents which move and shift plates beneath the surface of the Earth, so does zamani, or deeper time. My workshop challenges passive observations of one’s personal time and through directed questions and a hands-on herbal bath/tea making activity, facilitates ways of being an active and ethical time traveler. I will facilitate the reinstatement of oneself within movements and resurfacings of memory to create positive and powerful change for one’s self and community.

 

Bio: Sapphire Woods is a queer nerd traveling from Toronto, Canada with a purpose to facilitate knowledge and healing transfer between Black and racialized folks. Sapphire's ancestry is from the Carib Indigenous peoples of Trinidad and her family has since migrated and settled across Canada and the United States. Sapphire has been strengthening her knowledge and use of herbal and root magick for the last 3 years but has been a witch all her life. Just completing her Masters of Education, Sapphire's positive obsessions are with education for Black and racialized children through Afrofuturism and graphic novels, being a plant mom, and eating gelato. 

Sheree Brown and Asia Dorsey

Workshop: Dreaming Social Justice: How Dreamwork Transforms Futures

 

It is through the dream space that we are able to cultivate the visionary practice. Through the visionary practice, we are able to expand the perspectives and possibilities available to us in providing solutions to tangible issues in our communities. Dreamwork is powerful in the realm of experiencing true personal agency and co-creation forces. The Mexica who practice in the Toltec lineage of dreamwork believe that anything you wish to manifest on this plane, must be first conjured up in the dream world. Through lucid dreaming, you are able to live beyond time constructs, experience
past/present/future consciousness, and tap into the shaping of collective consciousness. We will explore tangible dreamwork practices collectively, as well as drawing the connections between dreamwork and how it can affect our social justice models.

Bio: 

Sheree Brown is a writer, poet, AfroMestizaFuturist, co-creator, educator, and new mother. She dances with the cosmos and writes the future of her people in her spare time. A great deal of her writing is a blend between poetry and prose, and an amalgamation of experience and dreams. She is a practicing herbalist and Spacewitch, rooted in traditional indigenous medicine of her mixed ancestry.

 

 

Solarized

Performance

Bio:

As much purveyors of afropunk in its purest form as they are burning embers wafting from the husk of '90's artpunk/emocore (think more Torches to Rome, Antioch Arrow or Swing Kids, less Earth Crisis), SOLARIZED is truly a hardcore punk band that channels the visionary praxis of Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler through a noise rock/hardcore lens. The swirling, dense, brooding sound is a vessel for totemic insurrection. With their cut-n-paste, stylized approach to thermo dynamics, non-binary embodyment, and queer/POC revolution or “punk rock as alternative spirituality”, Solarized, as Maximum RocknRoll (the only punk zine that matters) put it in a review of their first demo tape, “rejects dominant structures of meaning” while creating a “radical sound of a revolution that is happening without asking permission”.

YATTA

Performance

Bio:

YATTA is a Houston-born interdisciplinary artist, digipoet, and musician currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Using incantations born of loop pedal drones, folk acoustics, and ecstatic beats, they alchemize and creolize jazz vocals w/ Krio cries to create music to lie down in. Past performances + workshops have taken place in friends' backyards, community farms, Afrofuturism conferences, The Brooklyn Museum, Powrplnt, The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, MOMA PS1, Issue Project Room and about 72 other places.

 

Psychosis & Straddling Time

In YATTA's world, music and poetry leak out of the cracks that psychosis create.

Their performance will reflect on mental illness as a reaction to oppressive environments, offering magic tips & tricks to center in our current world. Schisms simulated by sound & wholeness mimicked by poetry.

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Exhibiting artists and

installations

Amy Lee Ketchum | Carousel

Carousel (triptych no.1) is an experimental stop-motion animation made with paper sculptures about collective and personal memories and cycles of destruction and construction. In it, time speeds up and slows down, buildings grow and disappear, all the while, Janus, the Greek god of transitions and time keeps spinning on axis. This triptych of animations are fragments of a larger film in progress called Carousel.

Bio:

Amy Lee Ketchum is an artist and animator based between Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Her stop-animated works combine elements of drawing and sculpture with her interest in dance and mythology. She holds a double Bachelors in Architecture and Art from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Fine Arts in Animation from the University of Southern California.  Her film Two Ghosts (2013), was a National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards and has screened internationally. Recently, her collaboration with a team of colleagues, Fired Up (2017), was featured in the Atlantic and has begun touring at festivals including the Ottawa Animation Festival. In addition to independent filmmaking, she has directed commissions, including a short animated documentary for KCET’s program, Lost LA. She is currently working on an experimental stop-animation using paper sculptures and teaching animation at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

Angie Holiday | The Dragon's Den

This installation is meditation on light, deflection, reflection, infinite darkness, the boundaries and coexistence between the living and the dead.

 

The Dragon :

is freedom

is magic

is protection

Water is Life

Light is Life

Light moves faster than Life

separating the living from the dead

what are our eyeballs capable of seeing?

what has society taught us to be able to see?

 

For my grandmother Baba

golden ornamentation

garden reincarnation

 

candles for you

and for Our Mother

the Sea Shell calls to me

in the sound of sea foam

black mermaid,

 

For the Fertile Divine

feminine of age old past

bloom and renergate

 

still thriving

in toxic bionic

dystopian fantasy wasteland

to be crumbled by her power

of the sky

of the ocean

of the vegetation

of our inevitable deaths,

 

violent and lungcrushing

the failure of body and justice

we transit from light to Darkness,

the structures of the universe

will pass me through the wormhole

as a beam of light.

 

BIO

Angie Holiday is from Oakland, California. They studied Filmmaking and Visual Arts at Bennington College in Vermont, el Institio Superior del Arte, and the Autonomous University of Social Movements in La Habana, Cuba. They identify strongly with bats, dragons and mountain lions. She is a flower child of the ocean, oak and redwood trees. Nightcreature, I am not afraid of the darkness but i do love the light. My mind thinks about decolonization of the land, purification of the soil with plants.

Blache Marie | Various Works

MOTHER: winds, wounds and tides of mama black widow (short film)

to survive now: for brown bleeders apothecary (Installation)

i remember/pay us (photograph)

we remember/pay us (photograph)

Blache Marie reaches to embody the black widow (and other divine feminine and masculine archetypes), surviving long enough to become a knowledge keeper, storyweaver and transforming the energy of enemy into sustenance. Apprenticing with celestial bodies, elements, archetypes, plant allies and ancestors, Marie seeks connections—connections between themself and others; between themself and moments of nonlinear time; between presence and absence. Using a ritual practice similar to Betye Saar and Joy KMT, they build ceremonial healing spaces inspired by their memories and visceral emotional experience, while examining the historical context related to their blackness, being assigned female at birth, and being raised in the Midwest. The historical context of their work is in dialogue with the research of Isabel Wilkerson and Kara Walker.  Through their work they experience many deaths and rebirths, which invite the viewer into their internal conflict, thereby eliciting an emotional response that forms a new connection.

Bio:

blache marie is poet, herbalist, graphic designer, interdisciplinary research-based artist, healer, and deathwife (a term birthed by Joy KMT). They are a co-founder of for brown bleeders, an earth-connected poc (people of color) organizing collective and the creator of for brown bleeders book series. They were raised in suburban midwest, and now travel paths of the “great” (forced) migration, embracing nomadic living. Blache’s practice offers lovingly crafted strategies to heal, move through abuse, release excess and begin again.

Blache, pronounced Blake because they heal black aches, has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cornell University. They continue to study with herbalist Amanda David, Dr. Geryll A. Robinson (soulshiftingretreats.com), elder Sakara Kemilla, plant allies and ancestors to support their own healing. They have a long personal history with abuse and use plant medicine, energetic healing and ritual to mend their wounds. Their work draws from several healing traditions including herbalism, Southern Folk Medicine, Pachakuti Mesa (Peruvian shamanism), curanderismo, reiki, and rootwork. They continue to travel throughout the Americas to learn directly from their teachers.

Darian Longmire | Future-Hybrid Objects

Utilizing physics, philosophy and identity, my work assembles a material point of view for a future. This future is contested in time and space; it shifts between abstracting racial constructs and recalling the late modernist imagination. I equate the black body to be its own ontological dense matter. Blackness is a signifier for the ultimately present, deep and dark expanse that is space.  I create future-hybrid-objects, which unify digital processes with found materials. They represent my belief that interacting with matter in the universe is a fundamental materialist intervention. When I consider physics, I understand that walls and limitations can finally collapse into time and space. Material and atoms vibrate with the urgency transposed into them by our ancestors.  This future– has materialized and will continue to expand with the universe. 

 

Bio:

Darian is a conceptual artist from Chicago, IL. He is currently a MFA Candidate in the upstate New York region at SUNY-Albany. After moving from the Midwest to the Northeast part of US, Darian began to combine his print based work, which explored physics, philosophy and outer space with wider conceptual ideas about time and space. Eventually discovering the close connection to Afrofuturism last year, his research and ideas from the past have naturally developed into a larger artistic framework.  


 
 

dash | Testimony

Three days before her wedding, my once upon a time lover found out she has a brain aneurism. A week after the wedding she found out she has to undergo a procedure to get the aneurism removed. This project aims to hold space for time and archive time through audio/visual media. Through a series of mash-up audio/visuals, I will document how she is conceptualizing time until her surgery on July 13 at 6:50 am. Given her current circumstance, has her concept of time shifted or changed? What are her love memories? What is she remembering? How do these memories lend themselves as tools of resistance in the Black Liberation struggle?

Bio:

dash is a black queer trans abolitionist who uses Hip-Hop as their soundtrack toward Freedom Dreams. Self-proclaimed military brat, they grew up as a nomad and is still in search of home. They received their MA in History from North Carolina Central University and is also currently a PhD candidate in the African Studies department at Howard University and an MFA candidate in Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art. Their aim is to further the human rights discourse of black LGBTQIA+ globally through visual art and curatorial practice. Believing in the importance and power of Sankofa, they also serve as an adjunct history instructor at Prince George’s Community College, teaching African-American History and Latin American History.

Josh Graupera | Blockadia

In 2016, reports of unknown structures surfaced in Madison, ME and Philadelphia, PA. Attaching themselves to existing architecture, these forms grew rapidly, constructing their own walls and ceilings. These spaces, deemed “portals”, were for people of color ready to discover their true autonomy. Folks, skeptical at first, gave it a shot. The portals opened them to a cosmic landscape called Blockadia. Formed from remains of people, places and ideas, Blockadia hovers over the Caribbean. It molds itself in the cosmos with the intention of serving the needs and desires of people of color living throughout the universe. The main inhabitants, Pollinators, are ex-Earthlings who left in pursuit of an autonomous place. After witnessing the death of Michael Brown, Blockadia opened in solidarity, becoming an intergalactic refuge for people of color. In 2017, individuals throughout the Philadelphia area discovered new....abilities; super strength, telekinesis, teleportation, and sudden fluency in black magic, to name a few. Many of the individuals did not know each other or have much in common, except for the fact that they were all people of color. Although, each person did have dreams or memories of pink and black goo, diamond-shaped stars and a lot of people dressed like ninjas or zapatistas. Could these people be connected to the mysterious structures?

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Josh Graupera is a Philadelphia-based artist and activist. Born in Lancaster, PA, he graduated from Millersville University with a BFA in Painting in 2014. He has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Media Mobilizing Project, Second State Press, Chautauqua School of Art, Haystack School of Crafts, the New York Studio School, as well as the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s Apprentice Training Program. He is currently an Arts and Media organizer with Stadium Stompers, a group of community residents and students fighting Temple University’s plans to build a football stadium in a residential neighborhood. He has worked as an educator with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, ArtWell and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Judith Sönnicken | Google Gardening

Two interdimensional travelers are planting flora in the garden of the Googleplex building in Silicon Valley. The ritual takes place in virtual reality, allowing them to trespass into a corporate, privatized environment that embodies a search engine. While Google claims accessibility to all human knowledge in virtual space, the two figures are glitching through the cracks of this mental geography, in order to introduce unknown species into its actual garden. The sound consists of adaptive biofeedback of the plants to their environment, touch and water.

 

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Judith Sönnicken (*1981, Germany) is a dimensional athlete, future ancient and chthonic collaborator. She is strolling through history, quantum physics and dreams, assembling carbon-based notions of consciousness within the fabric of non - euclidean
space/time. Judith travels light, and so her 4D matrixes consist of sculpture.zip’s, imagery, sound, writing, rituals and magic capes. After graduating with an MFA in Fine Arts at UdK Berlin in 2010, her work has been shown at Museu Geológico de Portugal / Lisbon PT, Green Art Gallery / Dubai UAE, Spinnerei Leipzig DE , Wiensowski & Harbord /Berlin DE, Autocenter Berlin DE, Bourouina Gallery / Berlin DE, Lisi Hämmerle Gallery / Bregenz AT, Klondike/Institute of Art and Culture / Dawson City, Yukon CAN, The Institute of Jamais Vu / London UK, Cirrus gallery /Los Angeles US and the The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?) 11th Gwangju Biennial / Gwangju KR. 

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