Revolution is not a one-time event

03–24 Aug 2020
Online
On now

WE SEE THE HORIZON: ABOLITION NOW!

Join activists, academics and artists as they reflect on abolitionist praxis and thought, exploring covergences with gender, poetry, technology, performance, speculation, aesthetics, film and culture. This online series of events commemorates Black August and is for anyone who wishes to answer the abolitionist call to action and thought.

With American Artist, Black Obsidian Sound System, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, adrienne maree brown, Akwugo Emejulu, Saidiya Hartman, Gail Lewis, Canisia Lubrin, Miss Major, Lola Olufemi, Sondra Perry, Nat Raha, Legacy Russell, Zoé Samudzi, Christina Sharpe, Hortense Spillers, Nydia A. Swaby and Tourmaline.

Revolution is not a one-time event is a project organised by Che Gossett, Lola Olufemi and Sarah Shin in collaboration with Arika and hosted by Silver Press.

Abolition is a perennial and open invitation to take the potential of revolutionary love seriously. In direct opposition to carcerality, abolition is a life-making principle: one concerned with creating new practices, spells and rhythms that make planetary life habitable for all. Abolition is the desire for more; a rejection of all the tenets of the world sustained by the catastrophe of policing, carcerality and their rootedness in anti-Black, anti-queer, anti-trans, white heteropatriarchal, racial capitalist state power. As this moment of upheaval unfolds, abolition has taken centre stage, expanding the realm and threshold of potential. This state of emergency has always been forever. Abolition reminds us that the world has never been habitable and that everything is possible. 

In daring us to demand more for ourselves and others, abolition orientates us towards what Mariame Kaba describes as a horizon. We see the abolitionist horizon just beyond burning police cars, abandoned prisons and open borders. The time of abolition is both in the distance and already present. In the words of Ruth Wilson Gilmore, “abolition is presence”: a form of faith that we can and will change everything. Abolition is the gift of the unfinished Black freedom struggle and its constant radicalisation, its ceaseless extension.

Each Monday in August, starting at 19:00 BST, 14:00 EDT, 11:00 PDT. Full Programme Schedule here.

These events will take place via Zoom. The events will be live captioned.

In order to attend you will need to book a ticket in advance from Silver Press. Each event is £5. There are also No Cost tickets avaible via a link at the bottom of each Event page on the Silver Press Store.

Instructions for connecting to an event will be emailed to you just before its start time; you will not need to contact Silver Press about receiving the link beforehand.

SIlver Press will stop selling tickets one hour before the event starts. 

Please be aware that the events will be recorded.

 

Credits

Revolution is not a one-time event is a project organised by Che Gossett, Lola Olufemi and Sarah Shin in collaboration with Arika and hosted by Silver Press. Design by Rose Nordin.