Survivance

At face value, the term “survivance” invokes, but suggests something more than mere survival or subsistence. Deconstructed, sur-vivance divulges a bursting forth of life. Sur: above and beyond, rhyming in intent with hyper, meta, super. Vivance: the French take on the Latin root for vitality, vigor, and vivaciousness. Thus, survivance: hyper vitality, super vigor. Surviving as thriving. Thriving as surviving.

Editors
Nick Axel
Natchee Blu Barnd
Black Quantum Futurism
Lindsay Bremner
Nikolaus Hirsch
Lesley Lokko
Amba J. Sepie
Troy Conrad Therrien

Survivance is a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and e-flux Architecture.

1–10
Michelle Westerlaken
The Telltale Worlds of the Octopus
Ainslee Alem Robson
Imaginary Nostalgias
Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman
A tour around the mudflats
Hock e Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Our Red Nations Were Always Green
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Troy Conrad Therrien
Editorial—“Survivance”
Contributors
Adjoa Armah

Adjoa Armah is an artist, writer, curator, and educator. Her practice is concerned with the entanglement between narrative, archival practice, art, pedagogy, black ontology, ethnology, spatial consciousness, and the political. She is founder of Saman Archive, a gathering of photographic negatives encountered across Ghana, and is developing the Black Atlantic Museum, a Paul Mellon Centre funded transversal mapping of art and social movements for Afterall Art School.

Natchee Blu Barnd

Natchee Blu Barnd is a comparative and critical ethnic studies scholar who writes, educates, and speaks about the intersections between ethnic studies, cultural geography, and indigenous studies. He is the author of Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism (2017) and associate professor at Oregon State University.

Kaya Barry

Kaya Barry is a postdoctoral fellow in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Queensland, working in the areas of mobility, migration, tourism, material cultures, and arts research.

Black Quantum Futurism

Black Quantum Futurism is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities through an alternative temporal lens.

Lindsay Bremner

Lindsay Bremner is a research architect in the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster, London.

Markus J. Buehler

Markus J. Buehler, the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, is a materials scientist and composer. His work explores the creation of new forms of musical expression, such as those derived from biological materials and living systems. He uses sound as an abstract way to model, optimize and create new forms of living matter. In recent work he created music based on proteins—the basic molecules of all life—to explore crossing species, scales and between philosophical and physical models.

Loren S. Cahill

Loren S. Cahill is a PhD candidate in Critical Social Psychology at the City University of New York.

Maria Chávez

Maria Chávez is an abstract turntablist, sound artist, and DJ. Her latest album is Maria Chávez Plays (Stefan Goldmann’s “Ghost Hemiola”), and she is currently an artist-in–residence with EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) until 2022.

Mique’l Dangeli

Mique’l Dangeli was born and raised on the only Indian Reserve in the state of Alaska. She is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla Indian Community. She is assistant professor of Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Southeast, as well as a curator, author, dancer, choreographer, and co-leader of the Git Hayetsk Dancers.

Cushla Dares

Cushla Dares is a doctoral candidate at Lincoln University in Aotearoa, New Zealand with a project that explores the revolutionary potential of community and the ways in which different groups or initiatives enact and facilitate more caring, connected, and ecologically-oriented ways of living and being in the world.

Kelly Dombroski

Kelly Dombroski is associate professor of human geography at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hock e Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation) has worked as an artist, activist, and teacher. Based in Oklahoma City and on tribal land for four decades, Heap of Birds's artwork confronts unacknowledged histories of state and settler violence against Native communities in the United States.

Carl Austin Hyatt

Carl Austin Hyatt is a photographer working primarily with large format, black-and-white film. He has been photographing in Peru for over 20 years. His work is included in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Smithsonian Museum, and many more. He is a 1997 MacDowell Fellow and also the recipient of the 2020 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant.

Caroline A. Jones

Caroline A. Jones is a Professor in the History, Theory, Criticism program of the Department of Architecture at MIT, and the author of The Global Work of Art (2016).

Willem Larsen

Willem Larsen is the author of The Language Hunter's Kit and The College of Mythic Cartography, founder of the Thermodynamics of Emotion Symposium, and a board member of Rewild Portland. He is also a wildlife and search-and-rescue tracker.

Thandi Loewenson

Thandi Loewenson is an architectural designer/researcher, tutor at the Royal College of Art, and co-foundress of the architectural collective BREAK//LINE.

Lesley Lokko

Lesley Lokko is a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist. She is the founder and director of African Futures Institute, Accra, Ghana and was Dean of the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY from 2019–2020. She was the founder and director of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg from 2014–2019.

Mae-ling Lokko

Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural scientist and building technology researcher from Ghana and the Philippines. She is assistant professor and director of the Building Sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Erin Moore

Erin Moore is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture and  Environmental Studies Program and head of the School of Architecture and Environment in the College of Design at the University of Oregon.

Joar Nango

Joar Nango is a Sámi architect who lives and work in Romssa. He works with site-specific installations and self-made publications that explore the boundary between architecture, design, and visual art as an investigation of Indigenous space. He is a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, and is is currently involved in setting up a network of Sami architects across Sápmi.

Gloria Pavita

Gloria Pavita is a reader, writer and storyteller of an often unseen everyday, one inhabited by people who aren't warranted the privilege to write or speak for themselves.

Bailey Peryman

Bailey Peryman is an urban farmer, underground scientist, and social entrepreneur. He co-founded Cultivate Christchurch and is chairperson of Soil & Health NZ.

Rasheedah Phillips

Rasheedah Phillips is a queer Philadelphia-based housing attorney, parent, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer. Phillips is the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Speculative Fiction Collective, co-founder of Black Quantum Futurism, and co-creator of Community Futures Lab.

Ainslee Alem Robson

Ainslee Alem Robson is an Ethiopian-American director and writer based in Los Angeles. Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR (2020) is her directorial debut.

Vishwas Satgar

Vishwas Satgar is an Associate Professor of International Relations and principal investigator for Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He edits the Democratic Marxism series and is a veteran activist. He recently co-founded the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and the Climate Justice Charter process.

Samid Suliman

Samid Suliman is lecturer in migration and security in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science and a researcher in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Queensland. 

Jenna Sutela

Jenna Sutela is a Finnish artist currently based in Berlin. Her audiovisual work, sculptures, and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. She is known for experiments with microbes and artificial neural networks. Sutela’s work was recently exhibited at Shanghai Biennale and Liverpool Biennial. She is a 2019–2021 Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology

Huda Tayob

Huda Tayob is senior lecturer at University of Cape Town and co-curator of Archive of Forgetfulness and the transdisciplinary open-access curriculum project Race, Space, and Architecture.

Michelle Westerlaken

Michelle Westerlaken is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge with a PhD in interaction design from Malmö University. As an interdisciplinary researcher and designer, her work explores possibilities for more relational—multispecies—ways of living together on this planet. So far, these projects have involved design negotiations together with cats, dogs, ants, penguins, and various interactive technologies. 

Axel Wieder

Axel Wieder is a curator, writer, and currently director of Bergen Kunsthall.

Betty Yu

Betty Yu is a multimedia artist, photographer, filmmaker, and activist born and raised in New York City to Chinese immigrant parents. She is a co-founder of Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective using art to advance anti-gentrification organizing, and also teaches video, social practice, art, and activism at Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and The New School.

Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Kathryn Yusoff

Kathryn Yusoff is Reader in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on geophilosophy, political aesthetics, and the Anthropocene. She is currently finishing a book on “Geologic Life” and is co-editor (with Nigel Clark) of a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on “Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene.”

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