Different Tomorrows: Designing Futures Beyond Whiteness

ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA, United States
05 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017

Different Tomorrows: Designing Futures Beyond Whiteness

Different Tomorrows: Designing Futures Beyond Whiteness brings together writers, artists, designers, and activists who explore ethnofuturisms (afro, chicanix, indigenous) and the ultra unreal.

With Join Rasheedah Phillips, Naima Keith, Catherine Ramírez and many more. With screenings, listenings, discussions and workshops, the day-long symposium explores forms of futurity whose politics, aesthetics, ideologies and cultures are black, brown, and yellow.

The event repositions design discourse beyond the eurocentric, techo-determinist normalities of the past / present / future distinctions and instead looks at time refracted through prisms of race, gender and inequality.


EVENTS + EXHIBITION: Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice
ArtCenter College of Design, 950 South Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91105

November 5–17, 2017
Symposium + reception: November 16, 6–10pm


November 9, 6–8pm, Design Dialogues
Naima Keith, Deputy Director, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

November 14, 3-6pm, Media Assembling
Screening works from: Wanuri Kahiu, Larissa Sansour, Jonathan Dotse & Kabiru Seidu, Simon Rittmeier, Andrew Kaggia, Saya Woolfalk and Rachel Lears, Parliament Funkadelic, Sun Ra and Alex Rivera

November 15, 3–6pm, Media Assembling
Listening works from: DJ Oyinboy & Emma Dabiri, Moor Mother, Drexciya, Deltron 3030, Rammellzee, Chimurenga, Black Earth Ensemble

November 16, 6–10pm: An Assembling, 6–8pm: symposium, reception to follow
Catherine Ramirez, Director, Chicano Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz, Afrofuturism/Chicanafuturism: Fictive Kin
John Jennings, graphic artist, Black Comix, Art Professor
Rasheedah Phillips, Black Quantum Futurism & Community Futures Lab, creator, AfroFuturist Affair

November 13, 1:30–3:30pm
TOUR: Octavia Butler Archive, Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108
Docent tour (pre-registration required; 20 people max.)

November 1–December 1
PRINTWORKS: James Lemont Fogg Library, ArtCenter
1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA 91103
Graphic Discourses Collection
Print works from: Octavia Butler, Louis Chude-Sokei, Kojo Laing, Yinka Shonibare, Joanne Piéf and Nikhil Singh

Different Tomorrows: Designing Futures Beyond Whiteness is part of an ongoing research platform organized and led by MDP core faculty Elizabeth Chin & Sean Donahue. The project situates itself in sites across the globe to develop new platforms for design practice that recognize and challenge the politics of power and inequality that are materialized in design aesthetics, practices, pedagogies, and systems.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2018 admissions into Graduate Media Design Practices. Priority deadline is January 15, 2018. Media Design Practices (MDP) is an interdisciplinary design MFA preparing designers for our new now. Contact:



ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California
United States

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