So this is the last day before I turn 29. Not that this is indicative of anything (although culturally, I’ve heard that 29 is the age at which people make the most impulsive life choices as they become aware of their own impending mortality), as I’ve come to feel how relative it is. Especially since I’ve been in a care home and a pub with the majority of people in their early 20’s in the same day recently – it’s how you carry the weight of people’s reactions, after all.
So I feel as though I’ve been putting Bards to the Future off too many times already. Well, not put off, but the follow up is never as strong as the opening appeal. So here goes, the second bite at the cherry!
Recently I went to the SFRA conference – Science Fiction Research Association – and this gave me an impetus to continue the thoughts that I had in my head. I went out of my comfort zone to an extent this year and talked about SF poetry in my paper rather than SF Theatre (which I guess I’m more recognised for). The reception was great and my heart did take it as a sign!
Joan Haran’s talk on SF as activism has really struck a chord with me as well. Amongst all the warnings and talks on dystopia, it doesn’t change the rate of technological advancement. There is still a digital divide, even if tech is more pervasive. For people in the thick of it, technology has made us more porous than ever – more hooks for connection (for good or ill). I want to do the former.
So what I’d like to do is a collective Youtube video about how we could empower ourselves in the future as a collective and an individual. This can be increasingly harder from recent events. We can’t tell if we’re in utopia if we haven’t walked through the hells before.
So here are the things I have as ideas for Bards to the Future so far:
- A sharing page – whether it’s on my upcoming blog http://www.bardstothefuture.wordpress.com or my Youtube channel!
- A spoken word event that I did last year called Spoken Worlds. I’d love to have people performing worldwide with Skype/Periscope as well as in person.
- The GLIMPSE project that I started but haven’t followed through on (Gauging Live Investigations into the Possibility of Speculative Events) – collaborating with artists/musicians/poets/futurists
- Continued work with campaigns for technological and health research (like the video I did with FutSci at https://youtu.be/6IKGTdyzW5E)
I also want to point out that if I have contacted you before for a collaboration or a sharing of work – I haven’t forgotten about you! If you’d still like to take part, do let me know!