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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.

Through the fictional character Qalqalah, Sarah Rifky, grapples with the question “what is an institution?” Speaking to art institutions and their futures she asks: what is the future of art? And more importantly, what is the future of language? Artwork by Thenjiwe Nkosi.
Against the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit and the management of pedagogy, Francis Burger illustrates Fred Moten and Stefano Harney proposal of a fugitive path, Debt and Study – crisscrossed by subversion and love, and rooted in the generative power of the black radical tradition – towards a new life in the undercommons.
Jamaican-born poet, musician and visual artist Jimmy Rage, explores pain and destruction through the passage of time and space. In Screaming Through the Galaxy “we cruise the highways and byways” of memory and imagined futures.

In Catherine Anyango’s adaptation of Boubacar Boris Diop’s Kaveena, the boundary between nightmare and reality unravels when Colonel Asante Kroma stumbles upon the corpse of the head of state in a bunker.  How do you solve a crime in a country where the very institutes meant to prevent crime are themselves criminal?
Amos Tutuola’s sly satire of spectral global capitalism and Afro-modernity, debt is paid off with body parts traded on the open market, human flesh carries magnetic appeal and beauty is fatal. London Kamwendo pieces together The Complete Gentleman.
Set in 2020, Kojo Laing‘s 1992 dark ecological sci-fi novel envisions a condition of total war in which mutant insects, birds, fruits, animals, vegetables and the humans of Achimota City fight for the right to futurity against an overseas enemy only discernible through cyber proxies and decoys. Nikhil Singh interprets Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars.

 

 

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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.

Corpse Exhibition and Older Graphic Stories

 

 

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Applied Theory of Expanding Minds

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.

 

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Making History

Linton Kwesi Johnson, the father of Dub poetry and Edouard Glissant meet on a summer day. This is their conversation.

 

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Black Atlantis

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.