The apocalypse has come, already living in a dystopian world, you are invited into ‘A Rainbow of Tomorrows’, to gather and celebrate in sanctum. Though, What does a Blak queer utopia look like right now? Tomorrow? Or many yesterdays ago? As our apocalypse was the beginning of a colonial ‘utopia’. First Nations peoples have been busy and are tired of resisting and surviving against a colonial dream, one that makes no space for queer Blak folks.
Stone Motherless Cold
A Rainbow of Tomorrows is a guest-curated project led by Stone Motherless Cold in partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival and City of Melbourne.
A Blak futurism queer art exhibition, A Rainbow of Tomorrows is a multidisciplinary exhibition of the works of queer First Nations artists along with multiple activating public program events throughout the show’s duration. These public programs include opening and closing night events with drag and cabaret performances, ‘The Hazy Lounge’ featuring spoken word and musical performances, a life-drawing session, and panel discussion exploring Blak queer futurist perspectives. A sum of its parts, A Rainbow of Tomorrows invites an array of queer creative mob to carve out a space for respite from the heteropatriachal settler-colony, and explore our individual and collective vision(s) of utopia in this place.
Rémy Cohen (Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Stone Motherless Cold (Eastern Arrernte), Corin Corcoran (Weilwan), Kira Djnalie Wirramanda (Wergaia, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung), Bromley Isombard (Kaurareg), ENOKi (Darcy McConnell) (Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta), Elijah Money (Wiradjuri), Juanita Sumner (Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Walkandi-Woni), Pierra Van Sparkes (Pibbulman Noongar), Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigu), Arika Waulu (Koolyn, Djap Wurrung, Peek Wurrung, Dhauwurd Wurrung).
Stone Motherless Cold aka Tré Turner (she/they/re) is an Eastern Arrernte gem, currently based in Narrm. A crystalline being posing as human, their drag is their main medium, using the queer art form to centre their performance art, writing and visual art. They are part of the Motherless Collective, a VIC NAIDOC LGBTQIA+ 2019 title winner and 1st-Runner Up Miss First Nations 2021. Stone has been a part of the People of Cabaret Executive Council since 2020. Stone has previously worked on ‘The Fae’ debuting at Yirramboi Festival 2021, ‘Drag of Kwatye’ at Melbourne Fringe Festival and part of ‘Dis Rupt’, Yirramboi Festival 2019 and ‘Lets Take Over presents: The Reveillon’ at Northcote Town Hall (to name a few…).
Recorded on Wednesday 19 October 2022, 7pm at KHT, Yarra Building, Fed Square, Naarm (Melbourne) as part of the A Rainbow of Tomorrows program.
Yarning and exploring concepts of Blak futurism, our speakers reflect on previous times of futurist thinkings, speculating on tomorrows Blak queer utopias.
Stone Motherless Cold (Eastern Arrernte)
Kira Djnalie Wirramanda (Wergaia, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung)
Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo)
Arika Waulu (Koolyn, Djap Wurrung, Peek Wurrung, Dhauwurd Wurrung)
Stone Motherless Cold is generously supported by: