OTV | Open Television is a non-profit platform for intersectional television. We incubate, distribute, and exhibit artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago and digital networking.
Futurewomen documents women of color creating, through dialogues, story circles and performance workshops, a collective heroine who must adapt to oppressive environs and circumstances.
It combines the drama of artistic creation, representations of original artwork, and alternate reality game (ARG) elements based on those arts. The series will be shot at the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator in Washington Park in collaboration with Honey Pot Performance as part of their "Crossing Boundaries" residency with Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. The project began production in January 2015 and was released in August 2015.
OTV has been documenting the development of Honey Pot Performance's next dance-theater work, "Ma(s)king Her," which explores black super-heroines who must survive oppressive environs All of the characters have been developed with the help of artists and community members in open workshops at the University of Chicago.
Futurewomen is an alternate reality series about the creation of black superheroines!
The first episode, Origins, introduces viewers to Honey Pot Performance with footage from the rehearsal and first performance of Ma(s)king Her at REVIVAL, held at Chicago's Pritzker Pavilion in January 2015.