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Our Futures Past

For All I Care

Release Date: 03/30/2021

In this episode, we explore collective imaginations of the past and future, and different cultural understandings of time. Connecting our heritage, actions and legacies, how can we create a caring world for generations to come?

 

The guests are Afrofuturist writer, filmmaker, dancer and thinker Ytasha Womack in conversation with public philosopher Roman Krznaric; artist, writer, curator, researcher and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge; and Māori musician, artist and practitioner Jerome Kavanagh.

 

 

Episode Notes

 

Join Afrofuturist writer, filmmaker, dancer and thinker Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, in conversation with public philosopher Roman Krznaric, author of The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short-term world, to consider what it means to be a good ancestor, whether our brains are built for long-term thinking and the importance of re-examining the past to imagine different and better futures. 

 

Artist, writer, curator, researcher and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge shares extracts from No Home Left Behind, a piece of speculative fiction about a sentient home standing over swelling waters. The work imagines futures of care in the midst of a climate crisis, drawing on erased pasts, archives and embodied memories.

Māori musician, artist and practitioner Jerome Kavanagh from Aotearoa New Zealand, shares a sound healing experience, using Taonga pūoro instruments that reflect the sound of the natural environment from the mountains to the sea as tools to heal and promote a healthy body, mind and spirit. Taonga Puro holds the vibration of the natural world and when played this vibration resonates within us and helps to trace our genealogy through our matriarchal line and reconnect to the intelligence and power of nature. 

A BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Wellcome Collection collaboration. Presented by Nwando Ebizie. Music by Nkisi. Sound by Axel Kacoutié. A Reduced Listening Production, produced by Georgia Moodie and exec produced by Alannah Chance

 

For the full transcript of this episode please visit baltic.art/for-all-i-care

 

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack is published by Lawrence Hill Books.

 

The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short-term world by Roman Krznaric is published by WH Allen.

 

No Home Left Behind by Ama Josephine Budge, was commissioned by The Architectural Review, and you’ll find a link to the full story on their website

 

Visit baltic.art or wellcomecollection.org for more information on the contributors, and show notes with recommended further reading.