Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop with Ben Caldwell + Jacqueline Stewart


Dates: August 19-26, 2017
Location: sites include Logan Center, Connect Gallery, various south side locations
Details + registration:   Gray Center  |

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021?  As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community.

Workshop participants will produce speculative design videos exploring how rich local histories can be combined with new technologies to reimagine public spaces, and address issues of trauma, gun violence, gentrification, and police/community relations.  The workshop will be led by legendary filmmaker, entre­preneur and activist Ben Caldwell (Kaos Network, Los Angeles), UChicago film scholar Jacqueline Stewart (Gray Center; Black Cinema House; South Side Home Movie Project), Karl Baumann (designer/filmmaker, USC Media Arts), François Bar (professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences, USC) and janet e. dandridge (LA-based activist, artist). Sankofa City is an ongoing, and developing project initiated by Caldwell and his collaborators in Los Angeles.

This project is presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Logan Center for the Arts, Rebuild Foundation, Black Cinema House and Connect Gallery.