Courtesy M. Cem Mengüç
D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem presents an interactive performance-lecture-experience followed by a performance by Black Quantum Futurism.
This performance responds to Temporal Deprogramming via a multi-media poetic riff, which traverses time, space and altered dimensions. Wearing garments and a headdress inspired by depictions of Califia – the fictional warrior queen after whom California is named – Duyst-Akpem considers what it means to be human, to reach for the stars, to become interplanetary.
High Priestess of the Intergalactic Federation, Special Envoy to Mars was originally presented in 2018 as part of Becoming Interplanetary, a public event held during the Decolonizing Mars symposium at the United States Library of Congress.
D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem is a space sculptor whose art, writing, and teaching bridge disciplines of ritual, design, ecology, and Afro-Futurism. Her fantastical interactive environments and performances interrogate, titillate, decolonize and empower, asking: ‘Who controls the future?’ She is Assistant Professor, Adjunct, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and founder of Denenge Design, which is focused on holistic and conceptual approaches to human-centred design. Exhibition and performance venues include the Library of Congress, Washington; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; Arts Club of Chicago; MCA Chicago; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.