[The Future is Present] Image Courtesy of the Artists
Image Courtesy of the Artists

The Future is Present

“We projected ourselves into a future in which we are loved absolutely and we rehearsed our lives there.”

The Future Is Present is a process and a practice, it’s a model for building community in a very small and incredibly powerful way. Led by artists Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Janani Balasubramanian, Sunder Ganglani, June Cross, and Alyssa Simmons, the project built a small community of Black and Indigenous young people* and a small community of young artists from Bard College** to spend seven weeks cultivating intimacy and discourse. 

The youth cohort created demands on our collective future.
The Bard community members listened, deeply.

Now, a process of amplifying those demands is underway. The artists at Bard have made a series of short films for the youth cohort, available to view here.

This is an invitation to you to participate, somehow, on terms that make sense in your community. We would love to talk about what that might mean for you. Reach out to coordinator@thefutureispresent.xyz.

* Reggi Alkiewicz, Tobias Torian Chance, Nia-Selassie Clarke, Whisper Crow Dog, Denaysha Macklin, Alethia Ramos, Dezjuan Smith, Kacey Thomas, Zia Williams, Gabrielle Xavier

** Adrian Costa, Megan Lacy, Cam Orr, Anya Petkovich, Taty Rozetta, Hakima Alem, Dani Wilder, and Mengchen Zhang

To read a transcript of the video above, click here.
The Future is Present is supported by Live Arts Bard, the Fisher Center’s commissioning and residency program. Additional commissioning support provided by New York Live Arts.