What could or should the year 2050 look like? What changes can we as artists make in what and how we work to realise this vision, particularly through the prisms of ‘neurodivergent creative practice and research? What’s wrong with now – why the need for bang on about ‘adult themes’ (term used in iPlayer descriptor) like anti-colonialism as we traverse to the future?

In this course, we will look at clips from my commissioned film about a ‘neuro-futuristic’ 2050, How to Thrive in 2050 currently playing on BBC iPlayer, then break into groups and share thoughts and action for our immediate and longer term future. We will cover tactics to push back the pushback, such as forms of censorship and control. No it ain’t Singapore 2001 anymore (read about how Persistence of Vision was illegal as it broke the ‘political film act’ here, here, here on Wikipedia, and extract from a Routledge book in the screenshot below). We also aren’t just referring to the strongmen tactics ala Putin or Big Brothers, as the Big Aunties and neo-colonialism are alive and kicking in overt and disguised/polite forms in multiple registers alike in our world in commotion today . This new ‘masterclass‘ — one of many to continue the task of knocking/mocking the master’s (sic) story — will premiere on 3 May 2022 as an in person workshop preceded by a portfolio session at the Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK. 16:30-20:30.

Above: ‘Double Entendre‘. Still from Exercise III: Curating Change (Cat and Muse), from How to Thrive in 2050. Below: Extract from Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Nissim Otmazgin, Eyal Ben-Ari (p197, Routledge, 2012)