Sat November 28th
Super Futures Haunt Qollective’s installation explores the relationship between state government, manifest destiny, colonization, and beavers by unpacking the unusual choice by the Idaho state government to parachute beavers to other geographic areas to control a growing population in the 1940s and 50s. The installation also features Lady HOW (Haunting or Whatever), the avatar of member Angie Morrill, who reckons with the violence of colonialism through acts of recognition, un-settling, and imagining otherwise. She, with the other future ghosts of SFHQ, perform haunting visitations but also meet to have cocktails, watch Korean dramas, and just hang out.
Super Furs for the Super Futures is the first installment of a larger project titled Power Bottom which explores the sovereignty of beavers and their kinship to SFHQ via the Specularity. Power Bottom considers the pasts, futures, presents, and presence of beavers, as they entangle with manifest destiny, desire, and fabulation via accounts of beaver refusals to be ‘nature’s perfect engineers.’
Watch the video and scroll through images here or engage with the work in person at the entrance to the YBCA Forum.
Super Futures Haunt Qollective (SFHQ) is an art and research based collaboration between three avatars: SFAOW (Specularity: Fugitive-Alterity Or Whatever), Agent O, and Lady HOW (Haunting or Whatever). In their terrestrial forms, SFHQ members F. Sam Jung (MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a sky person and urban planner in New York, and C. Ree (MFA University of California, Irvine) is an artist and film programmer based in California, and has only once been visited by Our Lady. Angie Morrill (Klamath Tribes) holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, San Diego and is a shut-in cat lady who paints pictures for money. She is also the director of the Indian Education Program for the Portland School District.
VISITATION: FROM CHILOQUIN TO SEATTLE VIA THE SPECULARITY, 2118
In this Visitation, SFHQ imagines a meeting in the Specularity between Chief Seattle’s daughter, Kikisoblu, (popularly known as Princess Angeline) and Fanny Ball, a Modoc woman and daughter of Captain Jack (Kientpaush) and an ancestor of Lady HOW. Both women remained behind when their people were forced to leave their homes. In the Specularity, they meet and exchange gifts.