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The Future is Us Group Residency is Back !
Back to School Drive 2022
The Future is Us Group Residency concludes with Somatic Utopic Imagining Virtual Exhibition
Our Collective Goals:
Our goal is to creative spaces where artists of any age or economic background can share their craft with a public audience and build inspiration and generate ideas from the works of others.
In addition to hosting events, we value organizing programming with the primary goal of *Radical Healing. Our founder, Laila Islam, defines Radical Healing as a practice that provides communities who experience systemic harm safe spaces to exist and think outside of their oppressive environments, allowing them to combat said circumstances through communal care. This goal is realized through The Future Is Us Group Residency, a project where participants engage in healing pedagogies and art practices to explore how artists can creatively design alternative realities and environments that are inclusive and affirming.
The Future Is Us Group Residency (2021-current)
The Future Is Us (TFIU) Group Residency is a pilot project where participants and facilitators engaged in somatic pedagogy and Utopic Imagining pedagogy as creative healing practices. A pedagogy developed by Laila Islam and Reva Rutherford, Utopic Imagining is a practice where one imagines, designs, and creates alter-realities that better serve Black and Brown communities. Utopic Imagining is an Afrofuturist method of speculating the past, present, and future, imagining a utopia, and designing technologies that support one’s envisioned utopia. Somatic (soma) pedagogy offers resistance to our violent capitalist environment by encouraging people to assess their bodily relationship with capitalism and how it manifests socially in our interpersonal relationships. Through therapeutic group practices, soma encourages deeper relationships with one's individual body as well as the collective body, ultimately embodying a healing state. Throughout this project, participants were encouraged to create a conscious relationship with their bodies, their communities, and their environment through speculative and imaginative practices. Exercises include group breathwork and writing, open discussions and presentations, collaging, and group art-making that is body-focused and play-centered. The findings generated by–and the works created from– TFIU Group Residency participants and facilitators resulted in a curated zine. This zine, Somatic Utoptic Imagining Vol. 1, is intended for use as a pedagogical tool, enabling readers to use our works as a reference for how communities can collectively process trauma, share knowledge, and create together through somatic pedagogy and Utopic Imagining. A virtual exhibition of the zine can be found on somaticutopicimagining.com.
Camp Future (2021)
The Digital Archive (2020)
The Film and Photo Show (1 & 2) (2018-2019)
The Install Pop-Up Exhibition Series (2017-2019)