Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival

YBCA invites you to participate in a free one-day interactive festival in conjunction with the Dissident Futures visual arts exhibit in our Downstairs Gallery. The festival will bring our communities together to explore and investigate possible futures envisioned by artists, urban planners, environmentalists, scientists, robotic experts, designers, programmers, and food activists through dynamic workshops, lectures, performances, interactive media, music, and more. Saturday Nov. 23, 2013, Noon-9pm at YBCA, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco. Free with RSVP.

Welcome from YBCA’s Executive Director

On behalf of YBCA, I want to welcome you to the Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival.

We conceived of this free, day-long, interactive festival in relationship to a profound exhibition in our galleries called Dissident Futures. We hope you will join us!

The artists in Dissident Futures apply future studies, and anticipatory and intuitive inquiry to illuminate multiple possibilities for what might be that range from our most hopeful to our most feared, from gentle forward movement to conspicuous, abrupt, and sometimes unfathomable upheaval. These artists evoke new paradigms – some wild and some inevitable. They invite us to explore new worlds and new possibilities outside of and beyond today.

Much of human activity involves anticipation of what is to come; and, in that ability to imagine, wonder and await, we are empowered and readied. Yet, so many of us are not invited to participate in and influence this collective imagining – this shared sense of what might be.

The Art and Ideas Festival blows the doors of this inquiry wide open – inviting you to join scholars, activists, citizens, makers, and doers in a  day of collective exploration, ideation, and action. At YBCA, we aim to be the place where people, art, ideas, and possibilities converge.  With this exhibition, we ask: Who are we? Who can we be? Where are we? Where are we going? What does the future hold?

Deborah Cullinan
Executive Director

OVERVIEW

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Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 12–9PM
Grand Lobby, Screening Room, Third Street Courtyard, Youth Arts Lounge
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, California (Map)
FREE w/ RSVP

YBCA invites you to participate in a one-day interactive festival in conjunction with the Dissident Futures visual arts exhibit in our Downstairs Gallery. The festival will bring our communities together to explore and investigate possible futures envisioned by artists, urban planners, environmentalists, scientists, robotic experts, designers, programmers, and food activists through dynamic workshops, lectures, performances, interactive media, music, and more.

In the Bay Area, there are a wealth of future-facing projects, involving practical innovations in technology and science. Some of these creative yet pragmatic endeavors are informed by utopian dreams and fueled by a local culture that looks to the future with hope and a predominant strain of optimism at what may come. The worldwide effort to consider and shape the future is being conducted by diverse actors including artists, scientists, teachers, and activists. The breadth of ideas and emergent forms ranges vastly, and given the scope and rising pace of these activities, ideas, and aspirations around the future, it is an exciting time for us to look critically at the participants and the outsiders in this conversation.

We want to bring people together in dialogue with members of our Bay Area community who have the tools to envision a future that expands on the best of our aspirations and builds on our technological advances, but keeps in check negative vectors such as climate change, rising income inequalities, and gaps that exist for power distribution and influence. We want to look at the entire ecology and foster discussions that move us forward.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Noon: Opening Remarks by YBCA Executive Director Deborah M. Cullinan and Talks by Ray Gilstrap and Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Grand Lobby

Noon–8 PM: Artist booths by Fantastic Futures, Takehito Etani, Peter Foucault, Young Gifted and Black, GAFFTA, and Institute for the Future, Grand Lobby

Throughout the Day: Food, Music, Performances, and Make Booth, Third Street Courtyard

1–8 PM: Artist Presentations, Screening Room and Youth Arts Lounge

1–2:30 PM: Future Cities Lab: Work of Future Cities Lab, Screening Room; Walidah Imarisha: Workshop on Sci-Fi and Social Movements, Youth Arts Lounge

2:30–4 PM: Code for America: Discussion on Open Government, Screening Room; Long Now Foundation: Manual for Civilization and GAFFTA: Creative Technology for Social Good and Urban Prototyping, Youth Arts Lounge

4–5:30 PM: Institute for the Future Fellows: Creating a Future for Good, Screening Room; Green House Project: Urban Agriculture—Rethinking Urban Density, Youth Arts Lounge

5:30–7 PM: InsTED Talks with Jaime Cortez, L. M. Bogad, Bill Hsu, and Jenifer Wofford, Screening Room; Kal Spelletich: Research and Survival in the Arts, Youth Arts Lounge

8–9:15 PM: Video Game Monologues, Screening Room; Dorothy Santos, An Xiao Mina, Ben Valentine: The Honeymoon’s Over—Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power, Youth Arts Lounge

2–4 PM: Performance by Michael Zheng, Grand Lobby; Performances and music by Brontez Purnell, Majo, Pangea F.C., Third Street Courtyard

7–8 PM: Performance by Jenifer Wofford and Kyle Herbert, Grand Lobby; Music performances, Third Street Courtyard