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A collection of essays offering a creative look at crises past, present, future, and speculative.
Starting with the shared experience of crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and a planet sieged by disaster, Imaginable Worlds transforms tragedy into a framework for research and art, imagining a shared world beyond a global experience of emergency. Produced by the Smart Museum of Art and the Projects/Processes essay collection series, an initiative launched by the Serendipity Arts Foundation in New Delhi, this volume brings together the voices of artists, authors, and public intellectuals from a range of fields and locations.

Suraj Yengde, named one of the “25 Most Influential Young Indians” by GQ Magazine; Siyanda Mohutsiwa, the brain behind the viral hashtag #IfAfricaWasABar; and Ho Tzu Nyen, the acclaimed artist behind the ongoing Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia project, are among the diverse contributors who have come together to critically engage with ideas and practices that engage with a partially known or unknown world.

Inviting fresh creative looks at crises past, imminent, immediate, and speculative, Imaginable Worlds considers questions of survival and invites us to imagine new modes of sensing, knowing, and dwelling.

210 pages | 30 color plates | 8 1/4 x 5 3/4

Art: Art Criticism, Art--General Studies, Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

Table of Contents

Pessimistic Futures: Black Worlding through Games by Patrick Jagoda and Ashlyn Sparrow

Assembling in Isolation: The Politics of Virtual Performance in Amitesh Grover’s The Last Poet by Trina Nileena Banerjee

Untitled by Uzodinma Iweala

We Are Safe Here by Leticia Bernaus

Dalit Art by Suraj Yengde

All Women Are Workers, Not All Work is Waged: Three Tales of Surviving the Pandemic in Puducherry by Meena Kandasamy

How to End It: Algeciras to Tangiers, 2019 by Jeet Thayil

Texts from the End of the World by Siyanda Mohutsiwa

H for Humidity – Keywords for a Project on the History of Water Engineering in Singapore by Tzu Nyen Ho

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