The Black tradition of forecasting

Forecasting is my developing term associated with meteorological and economic strategies for predicting future events or trends. It is a process that is based on projected past and present data and the analysis of trends. I am interested in narratives forming out of ecologies of thought via the collective method of temperature / gathering data. When I say “taking temperature” I’m referring to the communication and codependency between individual testimonies throughout a region. 

To be clear, forecasting is not a metaphor for hive mind mentality but rather an argument for acknowledging and legitimizing the collective memory of marginalized groups, namely the Black diaspora. Forecasting is broadly understood as a scientific method dependent on multiple factors. In a weather context, forecasting is used to determine the growth potentials of crops, generate weather warnings, and aid individuals in becoming proactive about protecting life and property. 

Forecasting, I argue, is the product of “taking temperature” of an area, a practice of communication and codependency that relies on pointing out systemic forms and manifestations of anti-blackness in colonized landscapes. The ways that information is often gathered for scientific purposes leaves out the local knowledge and experiences of Black and brown indigenous people.

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Women & Their Work Gallery

A nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Central Austin that serves as a catalyst for new ideas in contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond. 

Black Spatial Relics Micro Grant

In working to commission multiple works of site responsive performance around spaces that are specific to histories of slavery, Black Spatial Relics engenders transhistorical solidarity to the end of disrupting emergent repertoires of systemic and inherited legacies of injustice. 

Black Art Matters ATX

A partnership between Austin Justice Coalition and Austin Creative Alliance, lifting Black voices by commissioning new creative projects. 

Six Square Support

Six Square is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and preserves the great arts, culture and history of Central East Austin. Named for the six square miles of the former 'negro' district, Six Square is a visionary leader and powerful partner for major projects that preserve, promote, and sustain Black arts, history and culture. They are the only state designated Black cultural district in Texas.