How can we dismantle the racist structures of knowledge production that see, reward, and reproduce knowledge in extractive forms? What does it mean to the academe? Over the past two decades, beginning with my activist-academic journeys with Santalis, an Indigenous community, in Jangalmahal, West Bengal, I have experimented with, journeyed alongside, and placed my body […]
visible people is a collection of audio-visual stories of people’s migration for work. A scholar once called migrant workers in Indian cities to be ‘invisible’ until there is some unrest in a city. Are people who migrate for work invisible? People cannot be invisible. Unless it is taken for granted that some people’s presence would not be acknowledged even if they appear in public spaces.
Terms of Service Fantasy Reader is a multimodal research project that interrogates the relationship between the regulation and negotiation of digital selfhood in contemporary interface culture through locating and dramatizing instances of ambiguity, misleading or for any reason striking language in Terms of Service agreements in a group setting.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide uprisings for racial justice, I began leading a series of virtual workshops with fellow artists. The workshops combined personal free-writing exercises, intimate group discussion, and collective artmaking through the collaborative drafting of “manifestos for creative resistance.”
“Listening to the ‘Noise’ in Biking and Communicating in Traffic” presents an arts-based research about movement by bike. With biking as a research method, I explore the multi-modal ways of communicating while biking in urban spaces.
Chaz Antoine Barracks
“Everyday Black Matter” is a recently released film centering a type of intellectual energy that is not formally organized within institutionalized academia. It utilizes modes of participatory communication scholarship and digital humanities to embed within the film a disruptive ‘call to action’ that engages Black aesthetics and Black digital cultures, providing a tangible message about reparative justice, refusal, and recuperation.
Front Line (2021) documents the historic nursing strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. More than 700 St. Vincent nurses were on strike for 10 months in 2021, due to concerns about safe staffing. This film places viewers on the picket line in Worcester and examines this historic labor action from the perspectives of nurses.
The short film, Musa, is the result of collaboration with Musa, an asylum-seeker from Sudan, as part of a community research project, COVID Chronicles. We collected narratives of experiences of COVID-19 in London and worked with participants to develop their audio narratives into short films.
Meshell Sturgis & Darius Presley
The Interrupting Privilege (IP) program began in 2016 as an intergenerational class for students and alumni. This program seeks to utilize dialogue and community spaces to foster strategies for understanding and navigating power and difference by interrupting interpersonal moments of microaggressions and structural oppression.
“Pandemic Loser, Future Winner” uses found footage and autotheoretical performance writing, to interrogate wellness as a concept, as a performance, and as a commodity. Working autoethnographically, I chronicle my self-conscious attempts at normalization, from a place of queer subjectivity, viewing normalization as a violent erasure, an abnegation and an aspiration.