BETWEEN YOU & ME...A PORTAL TO THE FUTURE: A Meditation, Conversation, and Workshop on Embodied Safety, Solidarity, and Abolition
Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, W.O.W. Project, and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Join us in welcoming Jess X. Snow, the Fall 2021 Student Artist-in-Residence, to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Snow organizes a virtual gathering to envision together a future marked by safety, mutual care, and communal protection and free of violence, policing, borders, and binaries. The program will begin with a land acknowledgement by Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). Snow will then present a short artist talk on In The Future, a series of collaborative augmented reality public art pieces curated by Adriel Luis (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center) and installed in Times Square, Manhattan's Chinatown, and Washington DC.
Snow and Luis will facilitate a conversation with artists, writers, and organizers Alán Pelaez Lopez (poet and artist), Mei Lum (W.O.W. Project), Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), and Terisa Siagatonu (poet and educator) on how we can organize toward futures of safety through practices and rituals grounded in love, community care, and respect for the Indigenous lands we inhabit. We will then immerse ourselves in a guided somatic meditation by Nico Cary and an animation by Snow to visualize this future and feel it take form in our bodies. The program will conclude with a letter writing workshop led by youth from the W.O.W Project’s Resist Recycle Regenerate program. Attendees will be invited to contribute their writing for integration into the augmented reality elements that Snow is developing for their mural In the Future Our Asian Community is Safe.
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