Repeated histories echo through space and time, reflecting human dispossession and desire. Language struggles to capture reborn imaginations of reform and revolution. The same old stories told by new voices.
The latest issue of the Chronic, explores ideas around mythscience, science fiction and graphic storytelling. Like previous editions of the Chronic, this edition is borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently – beyond the dogma of growth and development and the endless stream of future projections released by organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.
In opposition to the idea of the future as progress – a linear march through time – we propose a sense of time is innately human: “it’s time” when everyone gets there. We invited artists to produce graphic adaptations of stories that speak of everyday complexities in the world in which we live, in which we imagine we will live and in which we want to live.
Set in a future Kenya long after the Chinese have left, Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford and Rut Karin Zettergren‘s new short film rejects the codified coloniser-colonised relationship and explores the possibilities of an emergent hybrid 21st century culture.
Linton Kwesi Johnson, the father of Dub poetry and Edouard Glissant meet on a summer day. This is their conversation.
Ayesha Hameed presenting a series of sounds and images that form a part of her “Black Atlantis” project that looks at the Black Atlantic in contemporary, illegalised migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afro-futuristic dance floors, on sound systems and in outer-space.