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:

Nepantla – A Postactivism Residency for Curators and Friends of The Emergence Network

January 20-24, 2020
Chennai, India

In January 2020, for the first time ever, the collaborators of The Emergence Network will come together in India face-to-face to cook, sing, tells stories, laugh and cry in a loving space. We call this short residency ‘Nepantla’ – a postactivism gathering for those of us building this coalition. There is definitely something very special about this convergence. Our purposes include beginning to know one another on a deeper level (as it will be the first time we will see each other ‘as a whole’); to understand what we believe to be at the core of The Emergence Network and why it is important to undertake this work (and play) at this time; and to plan the upcoming year, our collaborations and the many projects we are and will be engaged in.

hosting team:
Sergio Beltrán, Nuno Da Silva, Jiordi Rosales Bayo Akomolafe and Aerin Dunford

The Wilds Beyond Climate Justice – A Gathering at the End of Hope

May 2020

The Emergence Network is dreaming of an online-offline international event with the hope of opening up other sites of power and imagination beyond what is typically offered in the discussions, engagements, and concepts of climate change and climate justice. The Wilds Beyond Climate Justice gathering is premised on the notion that strange gestures, organizations, and formulations are needed to meet this monstrous challenge. More details to come soon.

Bayo Akomolafe and Karen Leu

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 2020 cycle is called
'Meeting at the Crossroads'.

Our projects for the 2020 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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