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THE LINEAR YEAR 2015

WE’RE SO BUSY IT SEEMS WE CAN BARELY DO ANYTHING BUT TWEET ANYMORE N THIS RECAP JAWN MISSING ALEX’S INPUT BUT CHECK BACK N MAYBE … STAYING W/UR RENT PAID N UR CAREER ON COURSE IS REAL SHIT YO

RAS

2015 was an intense year of collaborations, opportunities, and firsts, all with the support and love of my woadies at METROPOLARITY and in Philadelphia. The following is a rundown of life giving moments from last year:

I’m looking forward to another year of art and action, workshops, collabos, hard truths, introspections, and revolutions [big and little].

 

EIGHTEEN

2015 sped by as an uncanny, almost detached span of time, where I placed the majority of my daily resources and energy towards deep introspection & healing in several areas of domestic abuse, sexual trauma, and generational violence. When I think about what Metropolarity did this year, I am impressed and also surprised, like how did we pull all this off? As a group that supports each other. That’s how.

In the interest of lol classwar and encouraging open discussion of money flow & access to affluence, I would characterize 2015 as the year Metropolarity started getting paid. We were invited to read and perform at a number of art and educational institutions, which paid us modestly (around $100 or under), often handsomely ($300 or more), for our time and presence. We had to fill out W-9 forms beforehand, and would receive checks in the mail weeks later. (This means we will be taxed for this money in 2016.) This extra income, for all of us I think and definitely for myself, helped me to pay my rent, my one loan with my momma’s name on it, get ahead on bills, and allowed me to put some of my regular work income into savings. I wish more artists getting paid in this manner would talk about it, because before this year, it was not obvious to me that any money was involved at all for artists gaining notoriety in the established physical spaces of universities, museums, and galleries. I suppose this notion came from my own experiences pouring my creative/skilled/critical labor into DIY scenes and academic endeavors during college, where you do a monumental amount of work with little to no expectation of, or even negative income. The lesson here to me is that when you begin to produce critical work outside of an institutional affiliation, which can be seen by those institutions and is attractive to them as a means to stay relevant to their constituents, they will inevitably invite you into their towers with the very real lure of money. Several times this year, Metropolarity discussed how to conduct ourselves in these institutions, to protect ourselves against cultural vampirism and other exploitative possibilities. Protect your neck.

With that said, here is what I remember out of the fog of my 2015:

For 2016, I need to figure out how to use my increasing access to resources in smart, replenishable ways that help out me, my squad, and those who come after us.

 

RASHEEDAH HAD A BUSY YEAR…

http://metropolarity.tumblr.com/post/136437388594/afrofuturistaffair-the-afrofuturist-affair-year

THE EVENTS RECAP

JAN —  Metropolarity x Anthony Romero presents “Erasure” at Vox Populi Gallery

MAR —  Featured at RIPEXPO w/ @Metropolarity w/ Folded Tense performances at AS220 and featured on panels: Social and Poltical Motivation in Art  in Providence RI @ripexpo

MAY —  Metropolarity featured at New Museum (Temporary) Collections of Ideas around Speculation

JUNE —  @metropolarity presents NOWTOPIA intermedia performance with Martin Peeves and Counterfeit at Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery

SEPT —  Metropolarity/Afrofuturist Affair/Black Quantum Futurism featured at Paper Jam IV free small press/zine/comic fair

–  Featured w/ Metropolarity on Future of Philly Scifi and Fantasy panel, Geekadelphia and Free Library of Philadelphia

–  Panelist on Parables of the Present Dystopia at Ferguson is the Future: Speculative Arts + Social Justice, with Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Nisi Shawl, Andrea Hairston, and

– PHILA•LALIA small press // hand made book & art fair

–  Black sci-fi creators assemble at Princeton and imagine better worlds than this one featured in Philadelphia Weekly

–  Metropolarity + Moor Mother Goddess featured at LIVE! @ Kelly Writer’s House

OCT —  Co-Curated and presented at AFROFUTURISM NOW! Festival in Rotterdam, NL, feat King Britt, Islam Chipsy, Moor Mother Goddess, Mutamassick, , Metropolarity, film festival, art by Charl Landvreugh, Dogon Krigga and more… Performances and Programs here.

NOV —  Presented at Future Perfect: Future Imaginaries from the New Right to the Afrofuturist Affair, workshop and screening with filmmaker Daniel Tucker, Slought, Philadelphia PA

DEC —  Metropolarity Presents “You Have 4 Messages” written in parallel with Sondra Perry: My Twilight Zone Thing as part of the Recess Arts Critical Writing program. Free zine download available and 1 of 4 audio messages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally posted here 4 February 2016
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