Meeting at the

Crossroads

For 2020, we are emphasizing the public forum, un/learning exchanges, political forms of organizing that privilege the more-than-human, and decoloniality as climate justice. We are working with racial justice as an environmental concern; we are paralleling the party political structure by organizing meetups in small spaces, and therefore disputing the idea that climate agency resides in big funding and institutions alone. We are working with interfaith communities to address stewardship in these times of trouble. Without dismissing the near-inevitability of internet-mediated activities, we are underscoring the need for face-to-face encounters, for hands in dirt, for listening to trees, for sharing recipes of earth-based technologies among hubs of local inquiry.

~ Our Projects ~

Kairos

The Emergence Network’s outreach project that allows its curators to work directly with groups and communities around the world in the spirit of gift, deep listening, co-inquiry and shared destiny.

Through Kairos, select curators of The Emergence Network, led by its Chief Curator, will embark on journeys to learn with, think with, live with, and work with specific communities or groups around the world for a space of time. The Kairos project is about unlearning journeys towards the edges where the Otherwise shimmers. It is about seeing with new eyes, creating emancipatory knowledges together, and stitching quilts of solidarity especially with groups in precarious circumstances. It is about fellowship, sharing and siblinghood. It is about listening-together-with. It is making-kin-with in a performance of mutual fragility and radical hospitality.

Making Sanctuary

A trans-local network of facilitated gatherings and DIY conversations that focus on the practice of hospitality towards the radical other in ways that blur the lines between ‘host’ and ‘guest’.

What happens in the space between here and there, now and then? What bridges the seemingly impenetrable veil between black and white, nature and human? In a world of global hegemonies and hyperlocal speciation, of rising feminine power and patriarchal elitism how do we negotiate an ordinary life without losing touch—with the Other, and with Self? Our current problem/solution model of approach traps us in an ontological landscape of wildly incompatible opposites in place of the correlative intelligence which drive ecologies and cultures in good health. When the severance of walls traps the movement of bodies and landscapes along every border with laws, bricks, ideologies, and prejudices the recourse is to become radically transgressive: to replace a stymied uni-versal monoculture, we must con-verse at the borderlands.

Vulture​

An INTIMATE CO-INQUIRY AND INTENTIONAL UNCERTAINTY. SIMULTANEOUSLY SKILLING UP AND SURRENDERING IN TIMES OF LOVE AND TROUBLE

We need new ways of knowing and being with the world. Our attempts at leadership, change and activism, while well intended are often too embedded in the very systems we wish to liberate ach other from. We need spaces to listen in for what might be wanting to emerge if only we had the courage to slow down in urgent times.

The journey of ‘Vulture’ offers a different shape of hope: hope not in saviours or solutions but in the smell of soil, the migration of birds, and the intense beauty of seeing each other dance at the edge of things.

Vunja

A multidimensional social art project that turns attention to the marginalized and the potentials for alternative worlds in their very conditions of exception.

Imagine other possibilities of being alive. Imagine ruptures and openings in spaces of suffering. Imagine other shapes and genres of being human. Imagine other futures and temporalities. Imagine the im/possible.

Vunja is a research/art/social justice/carnival project that celebrates black, invisible and marginalized bodies by attending to startling potentials for wiser worlds in their very conditions of exception. Going beyond the perennial fight for inclusion or concerns about exclusion, and noticing that there are other places of power, Vunja is a radical site for approaching the emancipatory possibilities alive at the edges of white modernity, of conventional hope, and of racial identity.