OTHER Futures

Event has passed (Fri Jun 14, 2019 - Fri Jun 14, 2019)
Gray Area / Grand Theater
08:00 PM
Art, Music
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Through live sound and immersive visual narratives, OTHER Futures reimagines alternative visions of the world by reframing history. By radically reorienting perspective through time and place, these four audiovisual performances challenge a myopic world view by expanding on visions of primal-futuristic, sinofuturist, and other futures.

Inspired by creation myths, archeology, simulation theory, the live performance ?·ZPTPJ unveils the rise and fall of a simulated civilization that reflects our own reality on Earth. Titled after the golden era Zep Tepi (“the first occasion”) in Egyptian mythology, ?·ZPTPJ questions whether we are a species with historical amnesia and wonders where humanity is heading at the verge of technological singularity. Chinese artist duo Miao Jing (visual artist, animator) and Jason Hou (composer, sound designer) perform this story as two archivists of records, extracting audiovisual information on the stage.

Opening acts:

Leyline is an audiovisual performance by the artist duo Tellurics (Harvey Moon + Don Hanson), depicting an abstract exploration of the next 100,000 years of Earth using instrumental electronics and live 3D visuals.

Composer and multi-media performance artist Sharmi Basu and media artist Anum Awan (in collaboration with Rahema Alam on visuals) conjure an abstract future path that hybridizes decolonial sound with Sufi visuals.

Media artist and founder of the Centre for Emotional Materiality Surabhi Saraf will perform a piece exploring our complex relationship with technology.


  1. Gray Area / Grand Theater 2665 Mission Street , San Francisco, CA