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Rewriting the Future

The political climate, along with the actual climate, has devolved in the past few years in ways previously outside our imagination. An environment of normalized white nationalism, algorithm-sanctioned hate speech, unchecked gun violence, increased global warming, species extinction, renewed threats of nuclear war, and the merging of surveillance technology with government power—to name a few—makes it seem like we’ve entered a world of dystopia. And in popular culture’s stories of apocalypse, rather than showing people surviving together, the narratives abound in favor of the same old white saviors. In this time when imagination is crucial to our movements, how can we reimagine our imaginations? In this session we turn to one of the art disciplines that has thrived on the margins: fan fiction. We’ll talk about how speculative fiction and political realities shape each other; fan fiction’s history in queer communities and communities of color; we’ll apply a questioning tool to our favorite dystopian movie franchises; and we’ll re-write those movies (and maybe act them out) with a new set of race-explicit questions in mind. We’ll explore how we can apply our newly liberated imaginations to our own disciplines and activism, to imagine solutions for some of our most intractable social challenges.


Earlier Event: April 9
joyUS justUS Choreographic Lab
Later Event: April 9
Lunch on your own