Temporal Tempest Database: Call for Visual Art, Media Art, Sonic Art, Documentation of Curatorial Projects, and Writing Project Submissions

Temporal Tempest is a research and virtual database project developed by the curatorial collective, Diasporic Futurisms. Diasporic Futurisms is building this virtual database to understand and disseminate how artists and organizations are utilizing and engaging with themes of diasporic futurisms in Canadian arts culture. We are seeking visual art, media art, sonic art, documentation of curatorial projects, and writing project submissions that materialize the genre of diasporic futurisms to populate this open source database. 

Diasporic Futurisms are defining futurisms as the presentation of alternative perspectives of the present, predictions of the future, and creative approaches to reimagining the past. Diasporic Futurisms is seeking artworks, documentation of creative projects, writing, and curatorial projects related to the theme of futurisms by members of diasporic communities in Canada. The primary considerations born out of this research that will help the development of this database are:

  • What is the legacy of artistic representation of diasporic futurisms in Canada and how they have developed into the present in the arts and arts organizations?
  • How can we broaden visibility of creatives working in the genre of diasporic futurisms and create an inclusive platform for artists and arts practitioners to thrive beyond tokenization?
  • How can we engage futures without relying on common tropes that perpetuate, reify and oppress?

Themes of works that will be considered to be included in this database are: magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, folklore, and related sub-genres. Examples of the kinds of art, writing, and curatorial practices we will consider for this database are (but not limited to): video art, sound art, performance art, creative writing, art criticism, documentation of curatorial projects, collage, photography, drawing, documentation of sculpture, documentation of painting, and animation. As we critique current systems of xenophobic oppression of the arts sector in Canada, Temporal Tempest offers possibilities for new structures of care, respect and imagination to replace them. 

Both of the Caribbean diaspora, Adrienne Matheuszik and Vanessa Godden [Diasporic Futurisms] build mythologies of distant homelands into their arts practices. Temporal Tempest draws from these experiences to construct this event.

‘Temporal Tempest’ has been developed in partnership with Subtle Technologies. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the production of this project.