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Dwell in Other Futures: Art /Urbanism / Midwest

Tim Portlock, Rebecca Wanzo, Gavin Kroeber

How do images of the future shape the city in the present? What competing futures are emerging in the urban fabric?

Dwell in Other Futures is a two-day festival of art and ideas that explores the collisions of race, urbanism and futurism, providing a platform for alternate visions for the St. Louis to come.

Anchored by the legendary science fiction author Samuel R. Delany, the festival will feature performances, presentations, screenings, and installations by an exciting line-up of participants—artists, architects, poets, and scholars working both locally and nationally.

Dwell in Other Futures launches the night of Friday, April 27 at the Kranzberg Art Foundation’s .ZACK arts facility and will continue at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation on Saturday, April 28.

Full schedule on our website: dwellinotherfutures.com.

The festival is free but capacity is limited and attendees are encouraged to RSVP via the link on our website (not via Facebook).

Exciting recent additions to the program include four commissions by St. Louis-based artists: Damon DavisAddoley DzegedeBasil Kincaid & Reuben Reuel, and Katherine Simóne Reynolds.

Contributions from visiting participants include Autumn Knight’s performance The La–a Consortium, a talk by Mendi + Keith Obadike, and a screening of videos by Sophia Al-Maria. Architects V. Mitch McEwen (McEwen Studio) and Jae Shin (Hector) will joinAmanda Cólon-Smith, Executive Director of St. Louis’s Dutchtown South Community Corporation, in an exchange about urban practices and civic futures in Detroit, Newark, and St. Louis.

The festival will further feature interactive workshops and installations from Eric Ellingsen, Amber Johnson’s Justice Fleet project, as well as a pop-up exhibition curated by artist Tim Portlock and contributions fromTerrance Wooten and Treasure Shields Redmond. Dwell in Other Futures will conclude with a series of performative “Manifestos for a Future St. Louis” from the art collectiveARTC, urbanist Michael R. Allen, performer Maxi Glamour,  musician ICE, designer De Nichols, and poet Alison C. Rollins.

Dwell in Other Futures is organized by Gavin KroeberTim Portlock, and Rebecca Wanzo.

Dwell in Other Futures is sponsored by the Divided City initiative, an Urban Humanities Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and presented in partnership with the Center for the Humanities, the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program at WUSTL, Fabricatorz Foundation,Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Law, Identity & Cultureprojects+gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Saint Louis University, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Dwell in Other Futures is made possible by the generous support of Adrienne Davis, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, and Susan Sherman.

 

Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis.
Tim Portlock, Associate Professor, Sam Fox School of Design and Art, Washington University in St. Louis.
Gavin Kroeber, Studio for Art & Urbanism