A community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black Scifi culture through creative events and creative writing www.afrofuturistaffair.com

Artists who trouble notions of blackness include Wangechi Mutu, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sanford Biggers, Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, and Wanuri Kahiu, who made Kenya’s first science-fiction film, Pumzi. These artists visualize the creative and symbolic dimensions of the future in ways that also resonate in the texts of black science-fiction writers such as Octavia Butler.

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Country Ball is the attempt to recreate a home video from the late 80’s of my family’s mother’s day cookout. My process involved looking for 35 of my mothers drawings that illustrated outdoor recreational utilities, then I trace my mothers drawings by hand onto the computer, import them into a 3D program: build them to create a computer generated landscape. I perform in front of the camera and green screen 100 times; later inserting those videos into the virtual space to create a Hieronymus Bosch “Garden of Earthly Delights” inspired landscape. This gesture is an attempt to use drawing, performance and technology as a device to translate and document a personal mythology.

Jacolby Satterwhite

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Summer isnt over quite yet. Z1NE Brunch w/ Scifi Book trade hosted by The AfroFuturist Affair on Aug. 16th at ROCKERS! BBQ WKND (Aug. 14-17). More info at afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com if you’d like to table your zines.

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TIME TRAVEL CONVENTION | Pt. 1 - PREPARATION
The Time Travel Convention is an exhibition that explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not necessarily require a machine, an advanced degree, or any other privileges. Using afrofuturism and the speculative as lenses, the exhibition will feature time travel devices and objects from creators who use tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music to craft their temporal devices.Pt. 1 will prepare travelers for the time machine activation event with- Quantum Time Capsule Workshop - Music & Memory Stations- Time Machine Installation Building- Dream Journal Project - Other workshops and interactive activities with contributing artists Admission is FREE w/ one small object or artifact to place into the time capsule(Donations accepted for workshop materials)Time Machines and Devices from:MMGz — PsychoAcoustics & Memory Black Shesus — The Pyramid of ShesusR.Phillips — Recurrence Plot (RP)Kameelah Janan Rasheed — No Instructions of Assembly, Activation IIAlisha Wormsley — black people in the futureMourl Ferryman — The Shadow and the Substance 2014Melissa Moore — An Infinitygram: Diasporan Object Design For A New FutureTime Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation will take place at Yell Gallery on April 5, 2014 from 6 to 9pm. This opening reception for the exhibition will also be the book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales). afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com for questions

TIME TRAVEL CONVENTION | Pt. 1 - PREPARATION

The Time Travel Convention is an exhibition that explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not necessarily require a machine, an advanced degree, or any other privileges. Using afrofuturism and the speculative as lenses, the exhibition will feature time travel devices and objects from creators who use tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music to craft their temporal devices.

Pt. 1 will prepare travelers for the time machine activation event with
- Quantum Time Capsule Workshop 
- Music & Memory Stations
- Time Machine Installation Building
- Dream Journal Project 
- Other workshops and interactive activities with contributing artists 

Admission is FREE w/ one small object or artifact to place into the time capsule
(Donations accepted for workshop materials)

Time Machines and Devices from:
MMGz — PsychoAcoustics & Memory 
Black Shesus — The Pyramid of Shesus
R.Phillips — Recurrence Plot (RP)
Kameelah Janan Rasheed — No Instructions of Assembly, Activation II
Alisha Wormsley — black people in the future
Mourl Ferryman — The Shadow and the Substance 2014
Melissa Moore — An Infinitygram: Diasporan Object Design For A New Future

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation will take place at Yell Gallery on April 5, 2014 from 6 to 9pm. This opening reception for the exhibition will also be the book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales). 

afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com for questions

Afrofuturism in Baltimore! MERDJ Group Presents: From Niggas to Gods - An AfroFuturism Multi-Media Performance Art Show
Bridging AfroFuturism elements that are based in music, art, and technology with philosophies written in “From Niggas to Gods” this event will explore the transformative idea of discovering and identifying with one’s “God-self”.This creative celebration is designed to connect attendees to their personal Divine Source through music and art. There will be a beat showcase from Moor Mother Goddess, performances from, Yo Slick, Eze Jackson, Greenspan, Voice, Jamal Loving aka Blaqstarr, Lotus Song and The Black Light Asylum. In addition to the performances, we will be featuring a large scale interactive art installation by BlackShesus and a bevy of original art by Cleatress. Soundtrack of the night by Dj Shawn Smallwood.We encourage Afro-Futurism enthusiasts to come dressed as their God-self and others to come with an open mind with the intention of being inspired. This event will be covered by invited bloggers, videographers, photographers.Doors open at 7pm Show starts at 8pm Price of admission $10.00Spread the word about this event on your social networksusing the #FNTG 
Facebook Invite
Sponsor by MERDJ Media Group, AfroFuturist Affair, City of Gods, and WPB Radio Networks

Afrofuturism in Baltimore! MERDJ Group Presents: From Niggas to Gods - An AfroFuturism Multi-Media Performance Art Show

Bridging AfroFuturism elements that are based in music, art, and technology with philosophies written in “From Niggas to Gods” this event will explore the transformative idea of discovering and identifying with one’s “God-self”.

This creative celebration is designed to connect attendees to their personal Divine Source through music and art. There will be a beat showcase from Moor Mother Goddess, performances from, Yo Slick, Eze Jackson, Greenspan, Voice, Jamal Loving aka Blaqstarr, Lotus Song and The Black Light Asylum. In addition to the performances, we will be featuring a large scale interactive art installation by BlackShesus and a bevy of original art by Cleatress. Soundtrack of the night by Dj Shawn Smallwood.

We encourage Afro-Futurism enthusiasts to come dressed as their God-self and others to come with an open mind with the intention of being inspired. This event will be covered by invited bloggers, videographers, photographers.

Doors open at 7pm 
Show starts at 8pm 
Price of admission $10.00
Spread the word about this event on your social networks
using the #FNTG 

Facebook Invite


Sponsor by MERDJ Media Group, AfroFuturist Affair, City of Gods, and WPB Radio Networks

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS, ARTISTS, Film lovers…afronaut(a) film salon ROUND 2!

afronautafilms:

Hey folks, 

this is a Casual call. The first round of afronaut(a) was amazing. Many of you reached out to participate in the next series and I just want to put this out there…

CALLING ALL filmmakers, artists to screen, host, curate and perform in the next series of afronaut(a). Blaine Siegel and I are expanding the series to various locations and ending with a 2 day media festival. 

afronaut(a) is really a conversation of film: traditional and experimental, the collaboration involved in film, it’s many inspirations on art and vice versa and experimental ways artists can interact with film. the series is through the lens of the diaspora because it’s inception came from the films I saw during my time in Africa. with that said, those films and this project has a very broad scope. 

We are asking artists, filmmakers and film lovers, of any sort, to submit a brief proposal (a few sentences) on film(s) to be screened and how you would interact with the films shown (i.e. performance, talk, presentation of work. 

travel and modest stipends will be given to participants. 

email all ideas to alishabwormsley@gmail.com

Please continue to check out the website, feel free to contribute film inspirations on the tumblr page as well. 

afronautafilms.tumblr.com

Alisha

Q: Is Afrofuturism only an arts movement? And what can art mean in the twenty-first century? What is at stake when Afrofuturism is though in terms of art? What happens to art when it meets Afrofuturism?

A: I never really thought of myself as belonging to an arts movement. I think of Afrofuturism as an osmotic strategy machine. It absorbs other strategies, replaces them, viral-like, and reintroduces the genetic sequence back into the host. Art movements are usually way too European. My faves are stuff like the Tropicalismo movement out of Brazil, which questioned the very foundations of what it meant to be a person of color in a high racist society. Art should say “these dreams are possible.” To me, the major issue we face in the twenty-first century is the basic fragmentation of almost every solid point of reference. Why do people believe Rush Limbaugh? Would an art movement be able to inspire that kind of blind (and bland) devotion? Sure. But what makes Afrofuturism interesting is that it simply defies categorization. I think of my artwork and music as panhumanist.

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— From Osmotic Strategy Machine — The (Flawed) Unfolding of AfrofuturismTobias C. Van Veen in Conversation with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release
In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   
Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 
The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.
Submission information
Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.
Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release

In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   

Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 

The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.

Submission information

Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.

Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

Artist Jacolby Satterwhite Turns Mother’s Old Sketches Of Inventions Into Surreal Performance Art (NSFW)
This year is a big year for multimedia performance artist Jacolby Satterwhite. For one, the 27-year-old artist recently premiered his “Reifying Desire Anthology” at Sundance’s New Frontier Festival, featuring a preview of the artist’s sixth chapter, the entirety of which will show at the Whitney Biennial this March.
Satterwhite’s virtual landscapes stem from his childhood, growing up in Columbia, South Carolina with his mother Patricia, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. After quitting her job, Patricia spent hours on end glued to the Home Shopping Network, creating drawing upon drawing of consumer objects with the hopes of one day becoming a famous inventor.
The hypothetical objects, despite being rooted in necessity rather than aesthetic appreciation, come off as radically surreal, especially when combined with the brusque instructions she imagined to guide each product. One image, entitled, “Pussy Power,” is accompanied by directions for properly eliminating female odor. “For Pussy Power, pour bubble bath into the bathtub into the water and soak for a while to turn the smell of pussy off,” Ms. Satterwhite instructs.
(via @Justin Allen)(read/see more via Huffpost)

Artist Jacolby Satterwhite Turns Mother’s Old Sketches Of Inventions Into Surreal Performance Art (NSFW)

This year is a big year for multimedia performance artist Jacolby Satterwhite. For one, the 27-year-old artist recently premiered his “Reifying Desire Anthology” at Sundance’s New Frontier Festival, featuring a preview of the artist’s sixth chapter, the entirety of which will show at the Whitney Biennial this March.

Satterwhite’s virtual landscapes stem from his childhood, growing up in Columbia, South Carolina with his mother Patricia, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. After quitting her job, Patricia spent hours on end glued to the Home Shopping Network, creating drawing upon drawing of consumer objects with the hopes of one day becoming a famous inventor.

The hypothetical objects, despite being rooted in necessity rather than aesthetic appreciation, come off as radically surreal, especially when combined with the brusque instructions she imagined to guide each product. One image, entitled, “Pussy Power,” is accompanied by directions for properly eliminating female odor. “For Pussy Power, pour bubble bath into the bathtub into the water and soak for a while to turn the smell of pussy off,” Ms. Satterwhite instructs.

(via @Justin Allen)(read/see more via Huffpost)

SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 
Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.
Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.
SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.
Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 

Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.

Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.

SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.

Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

Futurism when it developed in the early 1900s was about disavowing anything of the past. I feel that it’s a bit of a contradiction in terms to talk about “Afro-Futurism … if you’re into Futurism … because Afro-Futurism is absolutely rooted in the past, in race, in the use of Futurist thought and process to transcend and manipulate the facts of race in a “trickster” way, the art of dissembling and coding, and that has been part of the African Diaspora since the first abduction. It references the past in futuristic ways. - Ytasha Womack 

In the last decades of the twentieth century marginalized voices have moved more towards the center of an anti-anti utopian, post-postmodern stage. Afro-futurism, like hip-hop, is a cultural aesthetic and sociohistorical genre that includes science fiction and technology. It offers a totalizing look at the “impact of the various institutions that govern behavior and transmission of knowledge.” To create conceptual maps of this largely unexplored psychogeographyart pioneers like RammellZee , Jean-Michel BasquiatFutura (formerly Futura 2000), Doze Green and others have provided a variety of artistic guideposts through their street-level, urban texts, images and performances from cyberculture. The increasing ubiquity of computing, communication and information technology tools offer opportunities to deviate from canonical forms of art and represent a “complex syntheses, biological andmnemotechnical apparatuses of bodily functions.”

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Conceived in dialogue with the exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, this panel discussion will be moderated by Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D. candidate and researcher at Georgia Tech’s Experimental Games Lab (EGL) (part of the Digital Media program at the School of Literature, Communication and Culture), and features artists Coco FuscoJacolby Satterwhite and Saya Woolfalk, whose works are included in the two exhibitions currently on view at the Studio Museum, The Shadows Took Shape and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.

The program will introduce artists and their works in relationship to “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education. Presentations and discussion will explore topics such as fractal geometry, quantum physics and symmetry, and how artists are working with scientists and mathematicians to create tools that inform future projects.

- See more at Studio Museum.org

Photo:

Saya Woolfalk, Life products by ChimaTEK™, 2013, Courtesy the artist, Photo by Adam Reich 

Over the course of several weeks, artists Sukjong Hong & Kameelah Rasheed exchanged email fragments, excerpts and other process notes on time-traveling Harriet Tubman, redaction, productive haunting, chopping and screwing time, the archive as a site of power, and the possibilities of science fiction for marginalized communities.