What is Black Quantum Futurism?
Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Under a BQF intersectional time orientation, the past and future are not cut off from the present - both dimensions have influence over the whole of our lives, who we are and who we become at any particular point in space-time. Through various writing, music, film, visual art, and creative research projects, BQF Collective also explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and wholistic methods of healing. Our work focuses on recovery, collection, and preservation of communal memories, histories, and stories.
Who is Black Quantum Futurism?
photo by Florian Cramer // Rotterdam, NL
Black Quantum Futurism Collective is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Rockers!; Moor Mother) and Rasheedah Phillips (The AfroFuturist Affair; Metropolarity) exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities through an alternative temporal lens. BQF Collective has created a number of community-based events, experimental music projects, performances, exhibitions, zines, and anthologies of experimental essays on space-time consciousness. BQF Collective is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, 2015 artist-in-residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange, and had their experimental short, Black Bodies as Conductors of Gravity, premiere at the 2015 Afrofuturism Now! Festival in Rotterdam. BQF Collective frequently collaborates with other Black Futurists Joy KMT, Irreversible Entanglements, Thomas Stanley, Ras Mashramani, Alex Smith to produce literature, present workshops, lectures, and performances.
Through various writing, music, film, visual art, and creative research projects, BQF Collective also explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and wholistic methods of healing. Our work focuses on recovery, collection, and preservation of communal memories, histories, and stories. Through the work of BQF Collective and its collaborators, we are in the process of developing and enacting a new spatio-temporal consciousness.
Moor Mother, Fetish Bones album review, by Richard Foster. The Quietus, December 8, 2016
Bharatanatyam, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Afrofuturism Articulate with Jim Cotter. WHYY, June 30, 2016
An Afrofuturist Community Center Targets Gentrification by Hyunjee Nicole Kim. Hyperallergic, June 22, 2016
Race Against Time: A North Philly artist aims to document her disappearing community by Melissa Simpson. PhillyVoice, June 16, 2016
TEARS INTO FLAMES: BGD MUSIC OF THE MONTH FEATURING CAMAE AYEWA OF MOOR MOTHER by Victoria Ruiz. Black Girl Dangerous, June 10, 2016
This time-traveling sci-fi writer is not your average public interest attorney by Tony Abraham. Genoricty, May 10, 2016