Contemporary Conversation: Futurism after the Future

How do imagined futures help us articulate a multidimensional approach to cultural production?

Exploring music and forms of polytemporality in black expressive cultures, this conversation with performance studies scholar, Tavia Nyong'o and author and media studies scholar, Jayna Brown looks at the role of fiction and fabulation in contemporary black artistic production and in our changing media landscapes. It explores the intersection between sound, gender dissidence, and black embodiment to address social imaginaries that exceed conditions of traumatic loss, social death, and archival erasure.

Chaired by Melissa Blanco Borelli.