An Urban Humanities Initiative

Dwell in Other Futures: Art /Urbanism / Midwest

Tim Portlock, Rebecca Wanzo, Gavin Kroeber

“A Forecast – Looking Up Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri, in the Year 2010.” From Greater St. Louis Christmas Magazine, Dec. 1910. Halftone of rendering by Clarkson, 1910. Missouri History Museum Library. N20346.

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

Confirmed participants include:

Samuel R. Delany (Philadelphia)
Reynaldo Anderson (St. Louis)
ARTC (St. Louis)
Michael R. Allen (St. Louis)
Sophia Al-Maria (London)
Amanda Colón-Smith (St. Louis)
Maxi Glamour (St. Louis)
Autumn Knight (Houston/New York)
V. Mitch McEwen (Detroit/New York)
De Nichols (St. Louis)
Jae Shin (Newark)

Dwell in Other Futures is organized by Gavin Kroeber, Tim 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 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.

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