Fri, Apr 15|
Prime Meridian Unconference
Developed out of Rasheedah Phillips’s ongoing practice as a member of Black Quantum Futurism and their 2020–2022 Vera List Center Fellowship project, the exhibition Time Zone Protocols and the accompanying Prime Meridian Unconference explore protocols of time.
Time & Location
Apr 15, 2022, 5:00 PM – Apr 17, 2022, 7:00 PM
New York, 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
About the Event
Developed out of Rasheedah Phillips’s ongoing practice as a member of Black Quantum Futurism and their 2020–2022 Vera List Center Fellowship project, the exhibition Time Zone Protocols and the accompanying Prime Meridian Unconference explore the “Protocol Proceedings,” that were developed at the 1884 International Prime Meridian Conference (IPMC). They trace the creation of written and unwritten political and social agreements, protocols, and rules that underlie Westernized time constructs. Time Zone Protocols aims to illuminate the impacts that oppressive time protocols and policies have on marginalized Black communities in the US, and how they help to catalyze and perpetuate systems of oppression that deny Black communities access to and agency over the temporal domains of the past and present while proposing protocols for new, equitable futures.The three-day, hybrid Prime Meridian Unconference brings together artists, architects, musicians, and scholars of physics, geography, technology, and African American studies for interactive talks, workshops, panels, performances, and plenary sessions. From their various disciplinary backgrounds, the participants consider new ways of understanding our relationship to space-time, utilizing specific Black social, geographical, and cultural frameworks that seek to unmap Black temporalities from the Greenwich Mean timeline. Together they explore and unpack the standards and protocols of time that often leave Black people locked out of the past and future, and stuck in a narrow temporal present. Confirmed speakers and presenters include: Asia Dorsey, Dr. Walter Greason, Joy KMT, Kendra Krueger, Ingrid Lafleur, V. Mitch McEwen, Moor Mother, Dr. Danielle M. Purifoy, Ingrid Raphael, Dr. Thomas Stanley, Ujijji Davis Williams, and Dr. Celeste Winston. The Unconference will produce alternative principles, protocols, or values that relate to the possibilities of reshaping, remapping, or dismantling and creating new time zones or protocols of time to be more equitable and less oppressive to Black people and communities, enabling them to survive, thrive, and access their futures and pasts, and more expansive, healthier presents. These protocols will be explored using Colored People’s Time as an ontological framework and alternative theory of temporal-spatial consciousness.
Phillips will also convene a group of Time Zone Protocols Surveyors—individuals who together with the artist will meet in the two months leading up to the exhibition and Unconference to examine and discuss TZP research materials, which includes an archive of readings, images, sounds, and videos on time zones, time, temporality, prime meridians, and temporal oppression as experienced by Black communities. The Surveyors, selected through a call for applications, attend and contribute to the Unconference, collectively developing protocols, resolutions, temporal tools, time zones, and markers. These principles and new protocols are compiled and shared, with attendees taking the principles back to their communities with a commitment to working toward upholding them and creating liberated futures, new space-times, and environments where these shared principles can be utilized and honored.The Unconference will be livestreamed on the www.timezoneprotocols.space and the Vera List Center’s website. In-person attendance is limited.
The Prime Meridian Unconference is presented as part of Rasheedah Phillips’s Time Zone Protocols exhibition, a 2020–2022 Vera List Center Fellowship-commissioned project.The Spring 2022 programs of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School are generously supported by members of the Vera List Center Board, individual donors as well as the following institutional funders:The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Boris Lurie Art Foundation Dayton Foundation Ford Foundation Italian Council Kettering Fund Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Pryor Cashman LLP and The New School