[b]REACH: Adventures in Heterotopia is a surrealist project focused on Black radical resistance. A Queer Black feminist retelling of Marge Piercy’s utopian novel, Woman on the Edge of Time, the multimedia project includes play, performance, installation, documentation, popular education, and direct action. Simultaneously existing in the two worlds of art and organizing, the project aims to demonstrate how imaginative play can challenge and expand movement-building.
Drawing from historic events such as the Combahee River Raid, the August Rebellion and Stonewall, [b]REACH follows Prisoner #25, a woman sent to a mental asylum as a punishment for her dissent. Though physically confined, #25 travels across time and space with the help of “DJ Trickster, Conductor of the Crossroads from the In-Between Spaces of Intersectionality.” Using music to propel their travels, DJ Trickster introduces the prisoner to the Land of Fugitivity, a heterotopic space of duality and contradictions where she explores the histories, traditions, strategies and tactics of women, trans, and gender-queer communities who have forged Black radical resistance. From Maroonage to the Homesteaders Movement; Black Surrealism to the Underground, Pan Africanism to Black Socialism, she studies the interplay between confinement and liberation from a Queer Black Feminist lens.
[b]REACH is a designed to help organizers and activists challenge the matrixes of violences faced by Black women, trans, and gender-queer communities.
While the growing demand to end US mass incarceration is hopeful, the reforms proposed by the progressive movement fall short in untangling the prison industrial complex and its web of interpersonal, community, state, and global violences. [b]REACH aims to: 1) Center Queer Black feminist thought in confronting systemic oppression; 2) historicize and expand perceptions of mass incarceration; 3) develop and implement culturally-specific and abolitionist movement-building models, 4) shift paradigms in narratives surrounding the prison industrial complex, and 5) engage imaginative play as an organizing praxis.
[b]REACH will take place over a three-year period (2017-2020) and is organized in three phases: 1) Open Rehearsals. 2) Site-Specific Installations. 3) Performance Debut and Finale. At the conclusion of the project a political education tool will be produced to share key learnings with movement organizers.