Imaginable Worlds: Art, Crisis, and Global Futures

A collection of essays offering a creative look at crises past, present, future, and speculative.

Starting with the shared experience of crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and a planet sieged by disaster, Imaginable Worlds transforms tragedy into a framework for research and art, imagining a shared world beyond a global experience of emergency. Produced by the Smart Museum of Art and the Projects/Processes essay collection series, an initiative launched by the Serendipity Arts Foundation in New Delhi, this volume brings together the voices of artists, authors, and public intellectuals from a range of fields and locations.

Inviting fresh creative looks at crises past, imminent, immediate, and speculative, Imaginable Worlds considers questions of survival and invites us to imagine new modes of sensing, knowing, and dwelling.

Published by Serendipity Arts Foundation, New Delhi and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.


Edited by Orianna Cacchione, Nandita Jaishankar, and Arushi Vats with contributions by Patrick Jagoda and Ashlyn Sparrow, Trina Nileena Banerjee and Amitesh Grover, Suraj Yengde, Jeet Thayil, Leticia Bernaus, Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Uzodinma Iweala, Ho Tzu Nyen, and Meena Kandasamy.

Publication date

December 2022



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