Center for Art,
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June 21, 2023

NEW INC's DEMO2023 Future Memory Flash Everything Party

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Join CARA and NEW INC for a showcase of work by members from NEW INC's Future Memory Track as part of DEMO2023!

Running from June 21 to June 23, 2023, DEMO2023 offers an extended glimpse into the incubation of innovative new projects at NEW INC across five tracks: Art & Code, Collective Abundance, Creative Science, Extended Realities, and Future Memory. Future Memory is a track whose members are shaking up dominant historical narratives and redefining the power communities hold. Future Memory track members include urban designers, artists, data scientists, designers, strategists, and community organizers who are interrogating monuments and digital archives to tell untold stories and enable participatory culture making.

Future Memory’s showcase takes place at CARA on the festival’s opening night. This track showcase is a one night only “flash everything” party. Inspired by flash tattoo popups, zine fairs, and participatory experiences at social gatherings, this showcase celebrates the act of mark making, tracing gestures, and making wishes and intentions into physical objects. NEW INC’s Future Memory Track members expand this practice through the creation of talismans, digital rituals, and much more. Expect memories to be shared, created, and imbued into new objects and new rituals.

Future Memory Participants:

Ariana Faye Allensworth is a cultural worker committed to building community power through participatory art, design, and research. She currently works as a Design Director at global design and innovation firm IDEO and helps run the New York City chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a research and digital media collective that documents displacement and crafts tools for resistance in solidarity with gentrifying communities. She's currently developing a new body of work about Allensworth, CA, a once Black utopia and the state's first town founded by and for Black Americans.

Babette Thomas is an artist, radio producer and doctoral student in the departments of African-American and American Studies at Yale University. Babette produces podcasts, radio, and sound works about Black history. With experience at institutions such as NPR, The Whitney Museum, NMAAHC and SF MOMA, Babette is interested in how digital media, specifically sound media, can be used as a tool towards public education and memorialization of Black-American history. Drawing from a lineage of 20th century Black radio producers, they seek to make radio with the same richness, artistry and sonic complexity of Black music.

Decoding Stigma is a collective working to prioritize sexual autonomy as a necessary ethics question for futurists. As co-founders, Gabriella Garcia and Livia Foldes lead an interdisciplinary mix of folk across tech, design, law, public health, gender studies, computer science, anthropology and clinical social work, meeting regularly to deconstruct and regenerate the relationship between sex and tech. Ultimately, Decoding Stigma calls for the inclusion and leadership of sex worker voices in all spaces that purport to be designing our future, so that the lived experience of sex workers becomes a litmus test for society—because when sex workers are safe, many others are too.

Martina Abrahams Ilunga is a creative entrepreneur, storyteller, and community builder innovating the practice of oral tradition. Her mission is to create pathways to connection, healing, and liberation through storytelling. Inspired by diasporic interconnectedness and cooperative economics, Martina is building a trusted and sought-after home for global, expansive Black storytelling.

Martina is the CEO of You Had Me at Black, a storytelling studio setting a new standard for Black narratives that prioritize care, nuance, authenticity, and honesty. As the force behind the award-winning programs You Had Me at Black, NATAL, and forthcoming Black Storytelling Week, the company’s work lives in the sweet spot of impact and entertainment. Her team also consults and produces bespoke media for values-aligned partners. In a past life, Martina spent nearly a decade in marketing and product roles at companies Google and Square after graduating from Georgetown University. She lives in Brooklyn with her love.

MIPSTERZ is an arts and culture collective presenting and incubating creative Muslim expression to general audiences since 2012. The collective has championed self-expression through dozens of curated community events across the US and empowers artists to co-create culture-challenging work. MIPSTERZ projects are a home for marginalized Muslim, and allied creators to flourish, collaborate, and experiment with diverse folks who share a common connection to a larger tradition.

Original MIPSTERZ works have been featured at The SHED, de Young Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and Tribeca Film Festival. MIPSTERZ as a cultural phenomenon has been discussed in numerous academic works and press, including CNN, Al-Jazeera, NPR, and The Atlantic. Their latest project, “ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM,” was funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

At NEW INC, collective members Yusuf Siddiquee, Abbas Rattani, and Shimul Chowdhury will design and expand their multimedia immersive art experience and archive exploring the concept of Muslim Futurism.

Nathalia Dutra Maciel is a Brazilian artist & writer whose work focuses on memory, childhood, archives, world-building, and public engagement. Their practice often navigates the lines between reality and the imaginary, exploring personal and collective memory understandings. Grounded on foundations of reflection, their practice exists in a space between; dreams, nightmares, reality and the imaginary—an unreliable truth.

R.I.C.O. R.O.B.O. is a cultural production bureau specialized in scratching, remixing, and hacking the corporate and institutional consumption of latin(x)(o)(a)(e)(+) narratives in the americas. roleplaying with commercial and academic business models, R.I.C.O. R.O.B.O. harvests a counter-manipulation agenda through transgressive knowledge exchange, site-specific interventions and cross-border research. The platform is collectively run by Daniel Arturo Almeida (VE, NY), Itzel Basualdo (FL), Rodrigo Carazas Portal (PE, MO), Olenka Macassi (PE) and Adrian Edgard Rivera (MX, NY).

SHRIMP ZINE is a mobile web app that offers an alternative entry point for the art of zine-making, exploring the possibilities of the digital and the physical coming into contact with one another whilst engaging in public discourse, and as a communal tool, offering the opportunity to put into the hands of the producer the power to tell their own story. By bridging the gap between traditional zine-making and mobile technology in a fun, engaging, and simple way, SHRIMP ZINE is designed as a free, accessible, and user-friendly platform that encourages young audiences to create, share and print their own zines, to foster creativity and to promote spontaneous production whilst on the go.

Expanding on the New Museum’s commitment to new art and new ideas, NEW INC is the Museum’s cultural incubator supporting creative practitioners and small businesses working across art, design, technology. Now in Year 9, NEW INC’s membership model continues to support a diverse range of creative practitioners with a values-driven program and safe space for gathering and developing new creative projects and businesses. In 2020, NEW INC launched ONX Studio, an XR accelerator for artists, in partnership with the Onassis Foundation. NEW INC was cofounded by New Museum’s Toby Devan Lewis Director Lisa Phillips and
former Deputy Director Karen Wong in 2014 as the first museum-led cultural incubator.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
6-9 pm
We ask that visitors stay home if feeling sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Testing before joining us at CARA if feeling symptomatic is strongly recommended. Masks will be available for free.

The closest wheelchair accessible subway is 14th St/8th Avenue station. The entry to CARA is ADA-compliant and our bookstore and galleries are barrier free throughout, with all gender, wheelchair accessible restrooms. CARA has wheelchairs available for guest use. Please request in advance via Service animals are welcome.