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Published on May 27, 2016
Ben Jones at the 2016 San Francisco Art Institute thesis symposium. Un(___)ing the future: thinking about how to think about the future.
Abstract: In an analysis of world making and world ending phenomena we begin with European hegemony as a precursor to the structural power imbalances that comprise our world. Hetero-patriarchy, economic stratification, and racism inform the way people move through the world, such that oppressed peoples are ontologically and existentially poised to create the beginnings of utopia. With theoretical physics as a premise for demystifying free will and determinism, the essay expands on three definitions of—fin’na—a term that emerged from Black America, we trace the dreams, actions, and aspirations of Africa and its diaspora to offer a futurological grounding for accurately predicting and building the next several thousand years. The goal is to formulate a realistic approach to optimistic omnitemporal praxis—a speculative analytic that promises to internalize the locus of control of subordinate majorities. Rather than look to elites or the avant guard, the more generative query is what the multitude, humanities last defense, will do. What we fin’na do?