SPECULATIONS: Science Fiction, Chronopolitics, & Social Change
Part 2: artist talk by Cauleen Smith and musical improvisation by Dr. James Gordon Williams
Equal parts performance, conversation, and screening, SPECULATIONS explores the role that science fiction and other modes of imagining the future and re-imagining the past have to play in creating real social change. SPECULATIONS was the culminating event of Urban Video Project's year-long curatorial exploration of afrofuturism, "CELESTIAL NAVIGATION: a year into the afro future."
PART 1 can be viewed at:
Spoken word performance by RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS with A/V by CAMAE DEFSTAR
PART 2 can be viewed at:
artist talk by Light Work's 2014 artist-in-resdience, CAULEEN SMITH
a special screening of Smith's new piece, CROW REQUIEM, with improvised accompaniment by musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist, DR. JAMES GORDON WILLIAMS
PART 3: 
a round table conversation with Smith, Williams, and Phillips moderated by Anneka Herre, Director of UVP, and scholars TIFFANY BARBER and JEROME DENT, whose work explores afrofuturism and its critique.
Reception and special Tuesday night screening followed on the plaza of the Everson Museum of Art to celebrate the world premiere of Cauleen Smiths' CROW REQUIEM at Urban Video Project's permanent outdoor architectural projection onto the facade of the Everson Museum of Art.
About ‘CELESTIAL NAVIGATION: a year into the afro future’
“Celestial Navigation”, a year-long program at UVP, explores the work of established and emerging artists through an afrofuturist lens, including works by Isaac Julien, Sanford Biggers, Xaviera Simmons, Jeannette Ehlers, and Cauleen Smith. Artist talks, screenings, and panel discussions throughout the 2014-15 year were part of the programming. Partner venues in Syracuse featuring cross-programmed exhibitions included Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), featuring Cristina de Middel’s “The Afronauts” and Light Work, featuring “Xaviera Simmons: Accumulations”.
This clip is from the Outlaw Culture Music performance at Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) on November 19th, 2015. This performance was conceptualized and implemented by James Gordon Williams.
james gordon williams, keyboards, leader & composer
marvin j. sewell, guitar
ian stewart, bass
josh dekaney, drums
Back to Top