The Sahara Desert, the Mediterranean Sea, or even the Red Sea, are not necessarily boundaries, they have rather been highways for the exchange of people and ideas through history.
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.
Infusing the hybrid rhythms of Ndombolo music with hefty doses of punk rage and cosmic energy, Kisangani (DRC) based dance collective Studio Kabako deliver a pre-Sputnik space travelogue into the unknown.
Forget Diplo and Dilla. Chief Boima bounces the border patrols to bring you as panglobal sex-money-power pileup that engages the complex economic , physical and intellectual flows between Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
Visions of Kamerun sees Franck Biyong and his Massak crew navigate the psycho-geography, history and dreams of Cameroon, as well as the roots, passages and slipstreams that link it to Europe.