For Leeds International Festival, Sable Radio curates a series of performances and broadcasts as part of its commission, ConditionsOfANewFantasy. Over the course of two days, Sable will explore and document the shared cultural legacies of Black sound, and consider its role in radical visions of the future.
From debt to deforestation, deindustrialisation to dilapidation, the socioeconomic, political and environmental issues of our time continue to infringe on the certainty of our futures.
In light of this, Sable rejects the sorts of grandiose visions of the future tied to interstellar travel, and instead seeks solace in community, storytelling, and the boundaryless appeal of radical sound.
As part of ConditionsOfANewFantasy, Paris-based artist and writer Crystallmess will present their new video installation and performance Poison/Paradise. The work documents the rhythms and sound practices of carnival in Guadeloupe and Martinique, whilst also tackling hauntology and the bioterrorism the islands have faced.
Writer Kadish Morris will also be in conversation with Chardine Taylor Stone - producer, activist, writer and drummer of punk band Big Joanie - as well as multidisciplinary artist Larry Achiampong, and composer, multi-instrumentalist and founder of Peckham chamber orchestra Hannah Catherine Jones, as they discuss their respective practices.
ConditionsOfANewFantasy is open to everyone but will be an intentional space for Black and of colour folks to enjoy. Join the event in this consideration of the role of Black sound in a rethinking of global futures.
On Friday 1st May there will be panel discussions and performances from 1900 - 2300 - all ages are welcome to listen or attend the live broadcast from Convention House. Drop in any time.
Leeds International Festival