The future is fragile. How do artists respond to the question of collective survival in the face of crisis? Can writing articulate, subvert and test the ever-present question of the future in modes that are nonlinear, affective and even choreographic? What are our hopes, fears and desires?
In February 2019, Charlie Ashwell and Es Morgan were in residence at LADA’s Study Room, reading, writing and talking with fellow artists: Season Butler, Alexandrina Hemsley, Joseph Morgan Schofield and Sara Sassanelli.
From these discussions, they created hereafter, a collection of 6 texts borrowing from fiction, poetry, essay and manifesto. The texts engage with a variety of ideas including:
Non-linear time, parallel universes, speculative performance, ASMR, tarot, divination, fabulation, abolitionisms, grey zones, rewritten histories, remembered futures, coping mechanisms, partially fleshed-out plans, collective dreaming, ‘progress’, best-case scenarios, and the endless tension between critiquing and proposing alternatives.
Edited by Charlie Ashwell and Es Morgan
Texts by Charlie Ashwell, Season Butler, Alexandrina Hemsley, Es Morgan, Joseph Morgan Schofield and Sara Sassanelli
Design by Ben Normanton
Made with support from
Live Art Development Agency
Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants