Fantastic Futures
Online Sound Archive, Performance & Workshop Series, Reading Group
2010 - 2013

Fantastic Futures is a direct result of my interest in intersecting a professional teaching practice with an engagement in processes of radical pedagogy. The collective began as a team of students, artists, doctors, and future leaders from Iraq and the United States. As the project developed, the core members (Or Zubalsky, Sable Smith, Phuong Nguyen, Solgil Oh, Julio Hernandez) were my former students, with whom I would not have been able to have a sustained pedagogical relationship were it not for this collective because of the structuring of adjunct labor. Over the period of four years (for some of them their entire undergraduate career), we solidified our own processes of collaborating and accomplished a rich repertoire of performance, sound, and pedagogical practices based around themes of technology and social justice.

In 2011, we were awarded a Rhizome Commission for new work, for which we created a free and open online sound archive that examines concepts of the theme of listening and indeterminacy through the recording, collaging, and sharing of sounds between these two countries. The core collective then used this online platform and processes from our collaboration as the base for our performance at the New Museum, workshops and a reading group that we developed with the scientist Jason Munshi-South as iLAND residents in Queens Flushing Meadows Corona Park (2013), and the foundation for a newspaper theater workshop at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013).