Refiguring the Future will open with a two-day conference that will convene 500 participants and provide space to build community, learn, and share ideas. Unpacking the key frameworks within the exhibition, the conference grapples with the marginalizing states of technology in order to propel us to envision formative futures.
The Refiguring the Future conference convenes an array of artists, educators, writers, and cultural strategists to envision a shared liberatory future by providing us with collective imaginings that move beyond and critique oppressive systems to offer alternative possibilities.
Keynotes speakers include: Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Zach Blas. Featured participants include: micha cárdenas, Taeyoon Choi, Sofía Córdova, Jaskiran Dhillon, Kadija Ferryman, Shannon Finnegan, Anneli Goeller, Kathy High, shawné michaelain holloway, In Her Interior (Virginia Barratt and Francesca da Rimini), Yo-Yo Lin, Maandeeq Mohamed, Rasheedah Phillips, Sofía Unanue, Alexander Weheliye, and Pinar Yoldas (list in formation).
The first day of the conference will consists of keynote presentations and panel discussions while the second day will feature a series of community-engaged programs and workshop sessions.
The Refiguring the Future conference is co-organized by Eyebeam/REFRESH Curatorial and Engagement Fellow, Lola Martinez, and REFRESH collective member Maandeeq Mohamed.
In an effort to keep the conference affordable for all participants we are offering a range of ticket options and we encourage you to purchase at whatever level works for you! All tickets are for general admission entry and cover activities across both venues as well as coffee, tea, and lunch on each day.
- 205 Hudson is an accessible space. The entrance and lobby is on the ground floor at 205 Hudson at Watts St. The mezzanine level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Restrooms are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.
- Kaye Playhouse is an accessible venue. The conference entrance and lobby are located at 68th Street, between Park and Lexington, on the north side of the street, through the courtyard. Accessible entrance is available by ramp on the left side of the courtyard. Restrooms are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.
- The Knockdown Center is an accessible venue. The conference entrance is located on 52-19 Flushing Ave at 54th St through a parking lot. The accessible entrance is available by ramp in front of the building. Restrooms are located on the ground floor lobby area and are wheelchair accessible.
Exhibition: American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at the opening
- Day 1: American Sign Language interpretation and CART captioning will be provided
- Day 2: American Sign Language interpretation will be provided
- Day 1, Saturday, February 9 10am-6pm: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
- Day 2, Sunday, February 10, 12pm-6pm: Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378
View full conference schedule here.