Fund: $30,000

As part of Clockshop’s year-long commissioning project, Radio Imagination, celebrating the late Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler, Courtesy the Artists (Alexandro Segade and Malik Gaines) will create a new choral work based on firsthand research in Butler’s archive at the Huntington Library. The project continues the artists’ use of performance to revitalize historical texts through song, and will also include an animated backdrop for the production based on visual materials in the archives. The work will premiere at the outdoor Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena this fall as part of the related Armory Center for the Arts. Using eclectic materials ranging from crystals and LED lights to found objects, Lauren Halsey creates site-specific installations or “kingdoms” inspired by the speculative nature of Funk music and science fiction. Having been deeply influenced by Butler, Halsey will create for the Armory show an “Afrofuturist fantasyscape” drawn from research at the Huntington Library and the setting of Butler’s novel Dawn (1987).