The Year 3000

2019 - 2020

I invited five Hip Hop dancers in Toronto to come to my studio and listen to various old futurist Disco songs from the late 1970s while they meditated on the future. Before beginning the songs, I asked them to, while they listen, imagine a future that "they'd actually like to exist in" - maybe one that wasn't plagued by crippling inequity, or visions of dystopia. They then took a deep breath and listened to the whole song on a pair of noise cancelling headphones. 

After meditating on their future, we spoke about what they imagined. I took few notes from those conversations, and have shared little details of them. 



 

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1) Claire

Slick, Space Bass, 1979

Time 

Keeps on movin’ as the earth turns around

Faster than the speed of light

Time

Ain’t no faster than the speed of funky sound

People dance to every night

And they always will

Even in the year

Three thousand

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2) Melk

Cloud One, Disco Juice, 1976

 

Disco Juice

Doo doo doo doo doo duh

DOO duh doo duh doo duh doo duh doot doo doo

Doo doo doo doo doo duh

DOO duh doo duh doo duh doo duh doot doo doo

Doo doo doo doo doo duh

DOO duh doo duh doo duh doo duh doot doo doo

Disco Juice

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3) Keiveen

Bumblebee Unlimited, Space Shuttle Ride

1979

 

Welcome aboard the Universal Space Shuttle. I am Captain Bumblebee. We are moving atabout 130 beats per minute. For your comfort, our flight attendants are Lady Bug, BoogieGirl, and Alien Man. Our smoking lights are always lit. We hope you enjoy your trip.

Space shuttle ride

Space shuttle ride

Space shuttle ride

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4) Dennis

Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip, I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper

1978

Hey, Captain Strange, won't you be my lover

You're the best thing that I've ever discovered

Flash Gordon's left me, he's gone to the stars

An evil Darth Vader has me banished to Mars

Tell me, Captain Strange, do you feel my devotion

Or are you like a droid, devoid of emotion

Encounters one and two are not enough for me

What my body needs is close encounter three

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5) Lauren

Tantra, Hills of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley Remix)

1979

 

[Instrumental]

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