Alternatives & Futures
Public Programs Series
Jul 21 2019
Join us for the third in a series of dynamic public programs that delve deeper into the themes, contexts, and aesthetics that have informed Queens Museum’s Spring 2019 Exhibitions. July 21 programs will feature artist interventions organized by Beta-Local and performances by Guadalupe Maravilla and Black Quantum Futurism.
Gallery hours will be extended until 6pm on the occasion of Alternatives & Futures Public Programs.
Schedule of Events:
Lots of Flying Objects with Beta-Local
Beta-Local is an artist-run organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and transdisciplinary collaboration. Puerto Rico is an archipelago that has been defined by the US Supreme Court as an unincorporated territory “inhabited by alien races.” As part of Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Beta-Local will transport its operations to Queens for a full day of programming led by aliens, alongside New York-based collaborators.
Activities will develop throughout the day and gathering moments will be announced through an interval signal played in the atrium.
Beta-Local collaborator bios can be found here.
11am-1pm: Satellite calling control, no answer 
Collaborators of Beta-Local will be invited to mail unidentified flying objects into outer space/outer lands with no clear hope of a response or return, similar to NASA’s 1977 Golden Record, which famed astronomer Carl Sagan suggested was akin to launching a message in a bottle into the “cosmic ocean.” Packages will arrive at the Queens Museum from April to July and be opened in the museum on July 21st and displayed as traces of the organization’s work and ideas.
(Unisphere Gallery, 2nd Floor)
1-4pm: Alien Publication and Workshop
Christopher Rey Pérez will edit a collective project investigating the ambiguous concept of ‘alien’, both as extraterrestrial and foreigner with a group of New York-based and foreign collaborators. The publication will explore processes of extraction, and ways in which foreigners and extraterrestrials are always extracted from their context. The resulting publication will be printed in risograph and presented with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program and Endless Editions as a number of unique editions for readers to continue extracting and publishing.
(Atrium, 1st Floor)
2-3pm: Listening Session
As part of a series of conversations with musicians and sound artists about influences, interests and drifts, Beta-Local invites Rebecca Adorno to share her on-going research regarding mysterious unidentified audio frequencies and underwater sounds.
(QM Theater, 2nd Floor)
 Downes v. Bidwell, US Supreme Court, 1901.
 Satélite llamando a control, no responde – sung by Ismael Rivera, written by J. Marrero, 1974.
 Carl Sagan’s description of the NASA’s Golden Record, produced in 1977.
 A similar gesture was part of the project Estación Espacial by Guillermo Rodríguez (La Práctica 2015-2016), in the exhibition PANDORA curated by Paula Borghi.
Walk on Water is a new mythology by Guadalupe Maravilla which will be performed on the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York and will focus on the cleansing aspect of water. Maravilla will perform on the rivers of the Panorama along with a Celestial Crocodile, the Rabbit of the Cosmos, and a gong orchestra. The Panorama will be transformed into a giant vibrational healing instrument by the sound of the gongs, with the intention to cleanse political phobias and blockages.
Artist bio can be found here.
(Panorama of the City of New York)
Black Quantum Futurism
Project: Time Capsule by Black Quantum Futurism
Beneath several affordable housing projects and housing estates across America and Europe, several mysterious time capsules have been unearthed. These time capsules appear to be quantum in nature, displaying the features of retrocausality and entanglement, opening up the capsule contents to influences from the present, the future(s) and the past(s). Project: Time Capsule is an interactive, performative lecture that explores the contents of the time capsules, as well as the topics of gentrification, temporal-spatial oppression, and Black communal hacking of temporal norms with readings, video, and live sound experimentation.
Project: Time Capsule is inspired by true events – a mysterious safe with time capsule-like contents was found beneath the grounds of a public housing complex in Macon, Georgia in 2017, while others have been discovered under several other affordable housing projects in recent years. In Project: Time Capsule Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) speculates on the discovery of these time capsules as activation events that occur in several different housing projects in America and Europe simultaneously. The unearthing of the time capsules, both real and mythological, touches upon many facets of BQF’s praxis, including their use of “quantum time capsules” and several projects exploring communal temporalities, sites of memory, and access to affordable housing.
Artist bio can be found here.
(Atrium, 1st Floor)
Images in order of appearance:
Sofia Gallisá Muriente, Lluvia con nieve (Rain with Snow), 2014. Two-channel video installation and printed takeaway. Courtesy of the artist.
Project: Time Capsule. Courtesy of Black Quantum Futurism.
Public programs for Spring 2019 exhibitions at Queens Museum are made possible by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.