When artist Morehshin Allahyari issued an open call for a female future, the response was overwhelming: More than 200 artists, activists, poets, writers, feminists, and dreamers answered with project proposals for challenging existing histories and speculative futures through storytelling and counternarratives imagining using the web as their platform. Four applicants were chosen for the web residencies by Solitude & ZKM. Read a statement by the juror and check out the concept texts by the new residents Umber Majeed, Tesia Komalski, Luiza Prado, and Rasheedah Phillips, who will work on their projects over the next four weeks.
For the web residencies call on the topic »Refiguring the Feminist Future,« we hoped for submissions that would provide insight into new reimaginations and possibilities of the female future; ideas that could claim nonlinear time and noncontiguous space; stories and poetics that could use the web as an activist/imaginative platform, or would make something invisible visible in refiguring the Feminist Futures. We asked »How can we tell stories of alternative (and specially nonwestern) futures that are not that of Silicon Valley? How can mythology, fiction/science fiction, and other forms of digital storytelling become practices for being more visible?«
In selecting the four winners, I looked for projects that somehow met these criteria and answered some of these questions in the most creative and meaningful ways. Projects that go beyond the dominant Western ideas of the future and focus on a feminism that is more than women (a non-male, non-cis, non-white, nonwestern re-figuration).