Sonya Dyer, ‘aPOCalypsonian Aesthetics: The ...And Beyond Institute for Future Research' (2016). Image courtesy: SAIC Performance
aPOCalypso, the second Research Network event of the new ‘Virtualities' series:
Afrofuturism has reached a functional and conceptual obsolescence, requiring the development of a new terminology to describe emergent speculative, futurist and technocultural Afro-diasporic aesthetics, from Europe and the Caribbean as well as the USA.
How do we begin to describe a Black future that encompasses a greater diversity of diasporic influence and reference, as a means of decolonising the future imaginary?
Artist Sonya Dyer proposes the term aPOCalypso, and is joined in conversation by writer, artist, and cultural producer Legacy Russell.
SONYA DYER BIOGRAPHY
Sonya Dyer is a London-based artist, writer and occasional curator.
Her practice currently manifests itself through the ...And Beyond Institute for Future Research, a peripatetic think tank concerned with the construction of possible futures.
Dyer was a 2011-12 Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program Fellow, and a previous artsadmin Artist Bursary Scheme recipient. She is currently a PhD candidate at Middlesex University.
LEGACY RUSSELL | ABBREVIATED BIO
Legacy Russell is a writer, artist, and cultural producer. Born and raised in New York City's East Village she is the UK Gallery Relations Lead for the online platform Artsy. Her work can be found in a variety of publications worldwide: BOMB, The White Review, Rhizome, DIS, The Society Pages, Guernica, Berfrois and beyond. Holding an MRes of Visual Culture with Distinction at Goldsmiths College of University of London, her academic and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, idolatry, and new media ritual. Her first book Glitch Feminism will be published by Verso and is forthcoming in late 2017. Twitter: @legacyrussell | Instagram @ellerustle. www.legacyrussell.com.
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