Collision Courses 5: Syrus Marcus Ware
All Activism is Speculative Fiction: On Dreaming Future Worlds As a Way of Making Change
The event starts with a collective viewing of Syrus Marcus Ware’s short monodrama Emmett
(10 mins, director: Tanisha Taitt, performer: Prince Amponsah, Watch on CBC gem
follows a character named Medgar as they remember lost love on the future shores of the Great Ontario Sea, in a world transformed by virus and climate change. Following the viewing, Q+A will be facilitated by Theresa N. Kenney (PhD candidate, English and Cultural Studies / Gender Studies and Feminist Research) and Jessica Sage Rauchberg (PhD student, Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies / Gender Studies and Feminist Research). The event will be recorded for potential archival and sharing purposes.
Biography — Syrus Marcus Ware: Syrus is a CLA Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. He is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and an ABD PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His on-going curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2019) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020).