“The long match” refers to the multiplicity of Indigenous technologies and traditions for carrying the embers of a fire over long distances by storing the embers in moss, loam, or other materials. Having live embers is not only helpful for starting a fire in a new camp, but for the spiritual and cultural continuity provided by those embers. It is the same fire even after having been transported across great distances and time— continuity of practice, a continuity of story and mythos, and a continuity of ethos and being.
During the decline of the Anthropocene, artists have a special role to play in imagining transitions to sustainable ways of living and creating. Commoning is just one of many powerful frameworks for reconnecting with the rich panoply of pre/post-capitalist and pre/post-colonialist practices and for deepening our understanding of them. But there are many paradigms, practices, and lifeways that break the death march of white modernity. Whatever the particular name or framing, it is clear that we must become skilled at ways of carrying the embers across time and space to a new/old world. This two-day TV event seeks to better understand, in poetics as much as practice, the spaces of emergent power where art, culture, commoning, solidarity, and Indigeneity converge.
Our event asks: How can our work as artists develop in confluence with these understandings? What is the role of the imagination in carving new paths and affecting large-scale transformation? Where are the upswells of models and outcroppings occurring today, and what are the areas that need to be honored and developed? What are the ways that marginalized theatre artists have needed to innovate to build sustainable practices that do not depend on the marketplace?