What if the way we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis?

The Emergence Network is a research inquiry into the otherwise.

We are a constellation of humans and nonhumans working together trans-locally to curate projects, rituals, conversations and events that nurture senses of the otherwise via practices that trouble the traditional boundaries of agency and possibility.

We seek to shock outmoded modes of perception and action. We want to show how human bodies are changing, how whales and discarded pieces of gum are also ‘activists’, how remembering ancestry has political consequences, how thought is not a human feature, how bodies secrete time, and how slowing down in times of urgency makes sense in specific circumstances – especially now.

The Emergence Network surfaces at a time when there seems to be a felt need for ‘alternative’ modes of engaging with our more troubling realities. What we offer are ways of diving into the cracks in our skins, processes that allow us notice that there are other items on the menu. That there are other places of power.

Art by:
David Scott Myers
Our work is to make more room available for movement – to emancipate action and responsiveness from its narrow humanist confines. Our approach takes for granted the fact that humans can no longer be centralized in our conceptions of change – and that, instead, we must begin to take into consideration the eco-cultural environments that are the conditions for our acting.
Our work is to facilitate conversations, curate assemblies, foster trans-disciplinary and trans-professional interactions, convene events that mobilize people into exploring the occluded and the invisible, and nurture regenerative practices that allow for other compelling questions and values to be articulated in the face of crisis.

Upcoming Events:

Vunja Partners’ Meeting: Opening Up Other Places of Power

February 5 - 6, 2019
Room V, UNESCO HQ, Paris

The dream of Vunja is to turn our gaze to the radical conditions of exception that characterize black/minority/indigenous communities. In turning to the effaced, to the bodies rendered inferior, to the conditions that supposedly need saving, we learn to ask new questions and engage our world differently. On February 5-6, partners from across the world will be heeding our call to support The Emergence Network’s dream to create this aesthetic and carnival. This planning meeting takes place in partnership with UNESCO.

Geci Karuri-Sebina and Bayo Akomolafe

Vulture – Courting the Other/wise in a Time of Breakdown

April 6 – June 22, 2019
‘Vulture’ is an on and off-line experiential co-inquiry into the textures of our troubled times. This course is a 90 day journey of intimate inquiry and intentional uncertainty and an attempt to ‘skill up’ in matters of love, grief and listening to the other/wise. This is a call to turn and face the inescapable themes of breakdown and demise that now confront us, and to listen for what might be wanting to emerge.
Toni Spencer and Nuno Da Silva, with Bayo Akomolafe

A Compelling Call to Action:

The times we abide in invite us to notice our usual patterns of responding to the world around us. Our curators are artists who understand that the ways we frame our problems are often the problem. We seek to act as ‘death doulas’ of the familiar, to help open up new modes of perception, engagement and responsiveness in a time of crisis. With your support, we are creating a broad coalition of ‘postactivists’ who are listening to the troubling call for other ways of acting with the world.
Join us in supporting these projects that are opening up other modes of engagement.


Our theme for the 2019 cycle is called
'Hope in a Time of Hopelessness'
Our projects for the 2019 cycle are designed to frame multiple inquiries into the fabric of hopelessness and the ways dwelling with the inhospitableness of our collective demise might make for new forms of action.


Hospitality in the Margins


We are in this Together


Courting the Otherwise in a Time of Breakdown


Indaba for the Otherwise


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