Nov 04, 2020
Imagining De-gentrified Futures
Curated by Betty Yu
Virtual Opening and Tour: Nov. 4, 2020 6 pm RSVP Here.
On view Thurs. - Sat. 1 pm - 6 pm
Nov. 5 - Dec. 19, 2020
3D Online and at 291 Church Street, NYC
Featuring Work By:
Black Quantum Futurism
Imani Jacqueline Brown
Chinatown Art Brigade
Sandra de la Loza
Radical Housing Manifestos:
Hate Free Zone
Lynn Lewis, The Picture the Homeless Oral History Project
Antoinette Martinez, Protect Sunset Park
Pati Rodriguez, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa
Sunset Park Popular Assembly
Working class communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color across U.S. cities have been disproportionately impacted by hyper-gentrification and displacement over the last fifteen years.
Is it possible to disrupt dominant narratives that depict gentrification as “inevitable” and a “natural” part of urban evolution—monolithic assertions that often come from real estate speculators, developers, extractive industries and the 1%? Can we harness our collective resources and trace a new trajectory that allows communities to flourish without being priced out of our neighborhoods?
Imagining De-gentrified Futures is an interactive exhibition attempting to imagine socially-just futures for our cities and aiming to rethink the assumed trajectory of urban development. Drawing inspiration from anti-gentrification resistance across the U.S., decolonization movements, and Afrofuturism, this exhibition gives permission to imagine, to dream, to unleash and explore ways in which socially-just futures can exist for city communities.
Works on view take a variety of approaches to examine and suggest strategies for the challenges in cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York City’s Chinatown and Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.
Imagining De-Gentrified Futures is an apexart Invited Curator Exhibition. For more information please visit apexart.org/yu.php or contact email@example.com.
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THE HOME: RENTALS, EXPERIENCES, PLACES
Black Quantum Futurism*,Martine Derain*,Lukas Duwenhögger,Jana Euler,Ken Okiishi*,Cameron Rowland,Reena Spaulings,Arseny Zhilyaev*,Samia Henni*
28.08 - 29.11.2020 / Musée Grobet-Labadié
In an age of mass migration caused by climate change, war, totalitarian regimes, genocide and gentrification, housing has become one of the major global challenges. For too many, it has become increasingly difficult to find a safe place to live, and virtually impossible to own a home. Yet having a home, or just a safe place, is the precondition for rehearsing new forms of communality, equality, care and indeed love.
In Marseille, the consequences of the global housing crisis are clear and present. Nonetheless, over the last decades numerous local associations have been working toward better living conditions and increased rights for inhabitants and migrants. Thus, the idea of home is constantly being renegotiated at the crossroads between displacement and belonging.
Musée Grobet-Labadié is one of many historic bourgeois homes that were transformed into a museum in the hope of giving us a clearer idea of “our” social history. It is a powerful political time machine that immerses you in a life lived at different times, in a home different to your own. But could this time machine also help us see a different past and envision a more communal future? Can it be repurposed to generate a more collaborative plan?
Participants: Black Quantum Futurism* (Collective, US), Martine Derain* (1960, FR), Lukas Duwenhögger (1956, DE), Jana Euler (1982, DE), Ken Okiishi* (1968, US), Cameron Rowland (1988, US), Reena Spaulings (Collective, US), Arseny Zhilyaev*(1984, RU), Samia Henni* (1980, DZ), Noailles Debout (Collective, FR).
The threads of this plot are woven throughout the city: Cité Radieuse, Unite d’Habitation by Le Corbusier, Bel Horizon residential condominium and the Hôtel-Dieu Intercontinental.
As a part of Black Quantum Futurism's Black Womxn Temporal Portal project, Black Womxn Time Camp is two-day long program exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts from the frameworks, rituals, and cultural traditions of self-identifying Black women, femmes, girls, non-binary, and gender nonconforming folx.
The program includes a tea ceremony and over 20 workshops, talks, performances, presentations and portals from local, national, and international artists and creators, including: Morena Espiritual, Hannah I. Place, AnAkA, Karine Fleurima, Almah LaVon Rice, Soliana Habte, Ade Oni, Black Quantum FUturism, Imani Harmon, Xenobia Bailey, Ingrid Raphael, Chanelle Adams, Janine Francois, Tonika Berkley, Jasmine Newton, Joy KMT, Camae Ayewa, DSM 215 Collective, Womanist Working Collective, Christina Springer, Jasmine Hearn + Angie Pittman, and Antônia Gabriela Araújo.
September 20 - 10am-4:30pm
September 27 -10am-5pm
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE ONLINE
Links will be sent to registrants via email
FULL SCHEDULE BELOW
$10 per day, $18 for both dates
Sliding scale/free for low-resourced individuals + youth - choose the donation option on eventbrite
$40 for physical Black Womxn Temporal Toolkit (includes admission)
Admission includes digital zine download
and access to all online materials. Black Womxn Temporal Toolkit
is an additional $40 and includes physical zine and other items.
Safe(r) Time Statement: Black Womxn Time Camp is a spacetime that privileges the experiences and temporalities of Black women, girls, transwomen (transwomen are women but we name to affirm them so that they know this space belongs to them), nonbinary, gender nonconforming folx. Indigenous and POC folx welcome with respectful engagement and appropriate making space/stepping back. People will be swiftly booted and banned for any intentional disrespect, misogynoir, anti-Blackness, transphobia, ableism, or ageism towards Black, queer, trans, or youth folx. If you have any questions about what that means and whether you should attend, please let us know.
Accessibility Statement: While we currently do not have the resources to include closed captioning, sign language, or language translation during Time Camp, we are committed to making the space as accessible as possible, including making available a digital and physical Black Womxn Temporal toolkit with a zine, program, and booklet. If presenters are willing to share their presentations, we will also make those available upon request beforehand. Some sessions will be recorded with permission of the presenter and may be made available upon request after Time Camp. Please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with other suggestions or questions.
About Time Camp
Time Camp is an ongoing event series. Time Camp 001 was held Oct. 2017 in collaboration
with Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia; TIME CAMP 002/CLT was held Oct 2018 in collaboration with Janelle Dunlap and Goodyear Arts in Charlotte; TIME CAMP 003 was held March 2019 in collaboration with Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia. Black Womxn Temporal Portal Project support provided by Added Velocity which is administered by Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University and funded by the William Penn Foundation.
In their installation forms, Black Womxn Temporal Portal — The Future(s) Are Black Quantum Womanist Black Quantum Futurism and X-Cosmos-X by Olivia McGilchrist each permit a mode of reading-in-the-gaps; through the Web portal and VR experience. The approach suits these works, which propose speculative space-time and kaleidoscopic visions capable of translating the complexity and fluidity of identity.Eager to contribute to the accessibility and visibility of these works despite the current world health crisis, Studio XX offers here a collection of photo and video fragments from the intended physical installation. An essay by Marilou Craft accompanies the online exhibition.
May 10, 2020
Online | May 10 @ 2-4pm
Time in Justice x Housing Futures (WORKSHOP FULL)
WORKSHOP FulL A workshop exploring the relationship between justice, linear time constructs, and notions of the future in marginalized Black communities. The presenter Rasheedah Phillips will provide examples from Black Quantum Futurism’s communal quantum time capsule archive and other projects exploring housing, temporality, gentrification, and Black histories and futurities, as well as from her own work providing legal representation to families facing housing instability, and working on housing policy issues with a racial justice and afrofuturist lens. Through an online group exercise, participants will apply afrofuturist visioning tools to imagining housing futures, considering the opportunities for disrupting temporal and spatial displacement for vulnerable people in their own communities.
Black Quantum Futurism, Masha Godovannaya, Yevgeniy Fiks, Andréa Stanislav, Axel Straschnoy, Driant Zeneli
Curator: Maria Veits
Israeli Center for Digital Art, 4 Ha'Amoraim Street, Holon, Israel
February 22 - May 23, 2020
Opening reception: February 22, 20.00
Exhibition working hours: Tuesdays 4 - 8 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2 - 6 pm, Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm
Admission is free
Off to Space: Countenarrating the Cosmos is a group exhibition bringing together works by 6 international artists and collectives dealing with contested narratives, public history and turbulent contemporary political contexts by analyzing and revisiting space exploration strategies that started in the 20th century as attempts to widen geopolitical influence, accumulate power and make utopian futures possible.
Today’s environmental, political and economic crisis alongside global colonial ambitions that stretch to other planets instigate a new spiral turn of the space race, which is joined by new large players on the political arena. In this context revisiting the space programs of the Cold War era and the politics behind them allows for deeper understanding of the past, amplifying its untold stories and voices and thinking of alternative futures. Aimed to expand the possibilities and powers of humanity the space programs have been and remain a form of political and ideological battles both between and within societies producing them since they are closely connected to the issues of power, race, ethnicity, identity, and gender struggles, territory division and inequality.
Addressing various forms of cosmisms and counterfuturisms, the presented works - videos, prints, collages and installations - balance between facts and fiction, sci-fi and mockumentary and often juxtaposу an individual story to collective history. Using events or phenomena set in the past, the exhibited works, however, have a definite connection with the contemporary moment and global political processes including migration and refugee crisis, growing antisemitism and new strategies of exile, feminist movement, postcolonial discourse of reclaiming the past and the future. By creating counterhistories they deal with the issues of displaced identities and articulate cases of voice dispossession thus bringing historical justice to silenced communities and individuals. Presenting space exploration from positions of ethnic minorities, women, animals, small communities, dependent economies and displaying how affected space representations have always been by current dominant ideologies and political visions, the exhibition becomes a platform for discovering a variety of counterfuturisms and temporalities and offers artistic ways of reclaiming displaced stories and representations of the past and future.
HASH Award Ceremony Program
Fri, February 21, 2020, 3–10pm
ZKM | Media Theater, free admission
With Tegan Bristow, Johanna Bruckner, Daphne Dragona, Jonas Lund, Mary Maggic, Nicolas Maigret, Rasheedah Phillips, Dani Ploeger, Léa Porré, Tiare Ribeaux, Marloes de Valk, and others
Talks and short presentations on the call topics:
Ghosted, Refiguring the Feminist Future, and Planetary Glitch
Performance on the project The Future(s) Are Black Quantum Womanist
by Rasheedah Phillips
Talks and short presentations on the open call topics:
Rigged Systems, Engineering Care, and Violent Consumer Media
Performance on the project Molecular Sex & Synthetic Love
by Johanna Bruckner
HASH Award Ceremony
The Web Residencies program is supported by the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The prize money for the HASH is donated by the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
The Past longing for the Present that will be the Future! The voices of our future ancestors alive in Moor Mother and Black Quantum Futurist who are interdisciplinary creatives, unraveling the Past-Present-Future-Time which is always NOW!
Camae Ayewa A.K.A. Moor Mother and Rasheedah Phillips A.K.A. Black Quantum Futurist will weave quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound that present innovative thoughts and music; a vehicle for current matters and tools for practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes, and the digital matrix.
Nona Hendryx A.K.A. ‘Cyboracle’ will host a conversation with Black Quantum Futurist, Moor Mother and perform with Mi.mu Gloves and other wearable music controllers.
Prizm opens Miami Art Week with an experiential evening featuring culinary delights from our hospitality partner Copper Door, and keynote “Loving the Arts: Building Audiences, Established and New, in our Contemporary Landscape”, with arts marketing and communications impresario and founder of ESP Inc, Tiana Webb Evans in conversation with Bahia Ramos, Director of Arts at the Wallace Foundation, and artfully completed with Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) and Rasheedah Phillips, Esq.) presented by Philadelphia Contemporary
Sep 19, 2019
Black Quantum Futurism will present an installation of Community Futures Lab at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
An exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht . Featuring ALl Time is Local Installation by Black Quantum Futurism and upcoming trainings Nov. 21-23.
Trainings for the Not-Yet takes place at BAK until 12 January 2020. The weekly trainings have now officially kicked off: gatherings during which visitors, artists, (inter)national guests, Utrechters, and local initiatives collectively think through and enact (alternatives for) the future. Many trainings culminate in weekly public programs, usually at the weekend. In this newsletter we highlight some of these upcoming trainings and public programs.
Nov 09, 2019
BQF at Valongo Festival
Formed in Philadelphia, United States, the black quantum futurism is a platform for interdisciplinary practice created by camae ayewa and Rasheedah Philips. Building on books, performances, experimental music projects, facilities, movies and educational programs, the project is defined as an initiative, of a theoretical and practical character, which aims to experience reality through the manipulation of space-time, End of designing possible future. The action is based on a framework that includes principles and qualities of quantum physics, speculative and visionary methodologies, as well as dimensions on consciousness, time and space of the cultural traditions of thought black. From the multitude of possible future and the understanding of a non-linear time, the practice of bqf as an exercise of political imagination allows us to see the future and, above all, provides tools to change it, change it or improve it .
After going through important contemporary art spaces, such as moma, serpentine gallery and some biennial, at his seminar at #valongo19, will present us the principles and methods of the bqf, so that it helps us manipulate time and See the future
Considering the unique, intersectional temporal experiences of Black women, femmes, non-binary folks, and girls and the ways in which we are being actively erased from the objective, linear future, the Black Womxn Temporal Portal is a sculptural portal/booth that serves as a temporary temporal sanctuary for self-identified Black women, femmes, nonbinary folks, and girls. The portal activates the plural, subjective, and quantum nature of the future(s) where Black women, femmes, girls, and nonbinary folks exist and are safe, loved, and valued. The portal contains an open access, interactive nonlinear timescape/tapestry/temporal map/toolkit of Black womanist temporal rituals and tech preparing us for Black quantum womanist future(s). The portal also exists as a web-based platform at www.blackwomxntemporal.net
Two events related to the portal's unveiling will take place:
Activation, Pt. 00: Black Womxn Temporal Portal
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTION, NOVEMBER 1, 2019, 5-7pm at the Painted Bride Art Center
Activation, Pt. 01: Daylight Saving Time Epilogue
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019, 3-6pm at the Painted Bride Art Center - Invite Only Event (invites will be sent via email)
Sep 13 – Nov 2, 2019 / Opening Sep 12 @ 7:00pm
Artist Talk/Workshop Sept 14 3-5pm
Performance Sept 14 8pm
Both events are free
Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips. Through their videos, publications, collages, sculptures, performances, and discursive events, BQF engage in community-based projects that draw from quantum physics and Black/Afrodiasporic cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. For this exhibition, BQF will present a body of their recent work that questions how we can manipulate and collapse space-time in order to imagine, see, and make manifest future realities in the present.
Their exhibition will be complemented by a workshop/artist talk that further engages with BQF’s interest in DIY time travel. For their talk, they’ll be joined by Adam Rudder from the Hogan’s Alley Society, who will act as a respondent and speak to the work they do with Vancouver’s Black community. Following that afternoon talk, Black Quantum Futurism will make a performance at 8pm on Saturday September 14.
This second night of programming for 'Towards a Black Testimony' features artist talks and a performance by Black Quantum Futurism.
For the Saturday events go to: Towards a Black Testimony and 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙮 Towards a Black Testimony.
In 'Towards a Black Testimony', the London-based artistic and curatorial duo Languid Hands (comprised of Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot) brings together artists, thinkers, writers, listeners and speakers, wanderers and wonderers, to explore the complexity of Black Testimony. In the exhibition space of Stroom Den Haag, Languid Hands will present their new moving image work 'Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer, Protest, Peace' (commissioned by Jerwood Arts, London, UK). The work will be on view at Stroom from 26 October until 20 December 2019.
Drawing on archival imagery, Black geographies, and the dying declarations of Black Martyrs, the 40-minute film examines Black Testimony as obscured, ignored and undermined. This work borrows its subtitle - Prayer, Protest, Peace - from the third track on jazz drummer and composer Max Roach's 1960 album We Insist! which features jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln. Using this composition as the underlying structure for the film itself, Languid Hands presents three chapters or mediations on death and dying and consider the im/possibility of Black Testimony. The script draws from a variety of well and lesser known Black texts, weaving the audience through a performative lecture written and delivered by Imani Robinson and carefully annotated by Rabz Lansiquot's archival exploration.
Schedule for Sunday 27 October 2019
Artist round table featuring Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, Rebecca Bellantoni, Shenece Oretha, Rabz Lansiquot, and Imani Robinson.
Black Quantum Futurism performance (title TBC)
Black Quantum Futurism is a collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) & Rasheedah Phillips. They will present an immersive performance in response to the themes of Towards a Black Testimony of which sound is a central element. Their performances include voice, the live composition of electronic music and noise, film and three dimensional setting. 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.
Dir. Chet Catherine Pancake, USA, 2019, 114 mins
Effortlessly multigenerational, interdisciplinary, and diverse in scope, QUEER GENIUS peers into the lives of five virtuosos who have challenged artistic formalism, gender roles, and heterosexism without apology in both their private lives and creative practices. Composed of rare and in-depth portraits of late experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, the art collective Black Quantum Futurism, East Village poet Eileen Myles, and performance artist Jibz Cameron, this documentary charts the robust family tree of the lesbian and queer avant-garde across six decades. It’s a lineage that shows no sign of growing dormant.
September 20 - October 27, 2019
Philly-based artist/curators, Ricky Yanas and Kristen Neville Taylor are pleased to present The Green Sun, a group exhibition featuring works by Grimaldi Baez, Black Quantum Futurism, Jeff Blocksidge, Alta Buden, Micah Danges, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Juan Hurtado Salazar, Aurash Khawarzad, Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Jen Nugent, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Provisional Island, Em Rea, M Slater, and Li Sumpter. This exhibition will follow up on conversations introduced during The Green Sun: A Micro Symposium (organized by Yanas and Neville Taylor, held at Icebox Project Space on August 25th) centering on solar power’s history and potential for the future.
Oct 06, 2019
Black Grandmother Paradoxes + Quantum Womanist Futures
An interactive lecture exploring the history of linear time constructs, time travel, and notions of the future. In this presentation, Rasheedah Phillips of Black Quantum Futurism will contrast dominant Western linear time constructs with Afrodiasporan traditions of space, time, and Black futurist time travel.
Panelists | Akinbode Akinbiyi (Black Studio in South Africa), Inam Kula (#RhodesMustFall), Malose Malahlela (Kelaketla! Library), and Rasheedah Phillips (Black Quantum Futurism). Moderated by Sepake Angiama (Chicago Architectural Biennial)
Curator Sepake Angiama convenes a discussion with contributors of the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, ...and other such stories. The talk, entitled Black Utopias?, addresses making space specifically black space outside the context of Chicago, and more broadly within the US and the African diaspora. Bringing questions of heritage, preservation, and history as well as what is brought into the future, the discussion will address how a black space be produced within the real or the imaginary. How do artists and designers build these spaces collectively? How is space produced through sound and how does the sonic as well as the visual take us to other dimensions?
Photo Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Chicago, North Lawndale, 2019.
Aug 12, 2019
Philadelphia-based interdisciplinary artists Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) present a new installation and accompanying live programme of music, performance, spoken word, talks and workshops.
Black Quantum Futurism’s practice is centred on a radical artistic methodology inspired by Afrofuturism, Afrodiasporan traditions of consciousness, and quantum physics. Through activism, artistic research, music, film and community-based writing projects, BQF offer practical techniques to empower marginalised communities, assisting individuals to overcome social injustices and oppressive linear time constructs. Through focusing on the recovery and preservation of communal memories, histories and stories, BQF aim to transform negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and holistic methods of healing.
Taking place over two weeks in the ICA’s Lower Gallery, Temporal Deprogramming features recent BQF works, including zines, video works, a listening station and a large-scale Black Quantum Futurism ‘event map’, which visualises BQF’s ‘intersectional time orientation’.
Contributions from invited artists will form the live programme, which features work by artists Barby Asante, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and The Otolith Group, musicians Nkisi and Elaine Mitchener, and feminist activists East End Sisters Uncut.
Quantum Womanist Futures, Black Space Agency + Communal Temporalities is a lecture given by Rasheedah Phillips, founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, Black Quantum Futurism Collective, and founding member of the Metropolarity Queer Sci-fi Collective. Phillips is also the co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab project, a socially engaged art and research project that explores communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.
Manifest Destiny, curated by Ingrid LaFleur, examines the practical implementation of the cultural movement Afrofuturism to alter destinies within Detroit and beyond. Inspired by the 400 year anniversary of West African captives brought to the Jamestowne settlement in Virginia, Manifest Destiny honors the legacy of Black-bodied people to forge their own destiny regardless of circumstance.
Project: Time Capsule by Black Quantum Futurism
Beneath several affordable housing projects and housing estates across America and Europe, several mysterious time capsules have been unearthed. These time capsules appear to be quantum in nature, displaying the features of retrocausality and entanglement, opening up the capsule contents to influences from the present, the future(s) and the past(s). Project: Time Capsule is an interactive, performative lecture that explores the contents of the time capsules, as well as the topics of gentrification, temporal-spatial oppression, and Black communal hacking of temporal norms with readings, video, and live sound experimentation.
Project: Time Capsule is inspired by true events – a mysterious safe with time capsule-like contents was found beneath the grounds of a public housing complex in Macon, Georgia in 2017, while others have been discovered under several other affordable housing projects in recent years. In Project: Time CapsuleBlack Quantum Futurism (BQF) speculates on the discovery of these time capsules as activation events that occur in several different housing projects in America and Europe simultaneously. The unearthing of the time capsules, both real and mythological, touches upon many facets of BQF’s praxis, including their use of “quantum time capsules” and several projects exploring communal temporalities, sites of memory, and access to affordable housing.
Artist bio can be found here.
(Atrium, 1st Floor)
World Premiere - June 20-22, 2019
Poet and noise musician Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) presents her first theatrical work, a futuristic exploration—part musical, part choreopoem, part play—of public/private ownership, housing, and technology set in a living room in a corporate-owned apartment complex. Framed by Ayewa’s bold poetry and bolstered by new Moor Mother music performed live by Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City Band, Circuit City is an afrofuturist song cycle for our current climate.
May 11, 2019
Philadelphia: May 3 - June 15, 2019
Phoebe Grip, Pepon Osorio, Joyce Owens, Habib Kheradyar Zamani
New York: May 10 - June 16, 2019
Carol Bruns,Leroy Johnson, Coco Picard, Christian Tedeschi
Chicago: May 11 - June 23, 2019
Black Quantum Futurism, Judith Brotman, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Nina Sarnelle
Los Angeles: May 25 - June 16, 2019
Anne Bray, Gregory Coates, Ruyell Ho, Ivanko Talevski
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to announce Orbits, a four-part concurrent exhibition spanning all four locations to celebrate our first 10 years as an artist-run organization.
Each exhibition of Orbits draws together the works of four artists from our respective cities to examine their interconnected legacies and the conversations that unfold in placing their work in dialogue with one another. The multigenerational artists included in Orbits were nominated by current TSA members to highlight the work of those that have contributed to their arts communities not only through their own works but also through their support of other artists.
All Time is Local: Black Quantum Futurism
Exhibition On View: April 22-May 31, 2019
Reception: May 16, 2019
“TIME [...] WAS HISTORICALLY A LOCAL PRACTICE ROOTED IN DAILY RITUALS AND BOUND UP IN THE PARTICULARITIES OF UNIQUE PHYSICAL SPACES.” - ADAM BARROWS
Much like politics and the weather, all time is local. Considering time’s intimate relationship to space and locality, this text, object, and video installation continues the work of BQF in recovering and amplifying historical memory of autonomous Black communal space-times in North Philly. Including select pieces from their Dismantling the Master’s Clock, Temporal Disruptors, and Black Space Agency series, the works meditate on the complex, contested temporal and spatial legacies of historical, liberatory Black futurist projects based primarily in North Philly, such as Progress Aerospace Enterprises, Zion Gardens, and Berean Institute.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/577177352802432/
Moor Mother’s new work Red Summer, which will occur on the 100th anniversary of Red Summer – the flood of heightened anti-Black racial terror that swept cities across America in 1919 – features a large-scale performance curated by Moor Mother and an installation by Black Quantum Futurism. Both entangle the temporal present with these historical events, enacting a retro-current wave that reaches back to connect these layers in the fabric of space-time.
Red Summer: A digital zine by Rasheedah Phillips and Moor Mother of Black Quantum Futurism @AfroFuturAffair https://win.gs/2vuTBmt
May 05, 2019
THEORY & TALK
Inspired by Rammellzee’s Time Stoppers temporal displacement devices and the contributions of Black women scientists and inventors, this is a ritual causality performative lecture when memories will be re-encoded with new temporal information embodying the features of Black womxn and Black quantum futurist time(s).
Opening January 25, 2019, 7–9pm
Conversation between BQF and Ineil Quaran at 7:30pm
On view through April 20, 2019, Tue–Sat, 12–5pm
Free and open to the public
How can one examine the unknown? How is this unknown shaped by its temporal realities? How does one resist, recover, when facing the erasure of memory? This may involve a reinvestigation and uncovering of hidden histories, and a hacking into future histories where they have already been erased. Utilizing collage, video, text, and sound installations, this exhibition by Philadelphia-based Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, and Rasheedah Phillips aka The Afrofuturist Affair) draws from quantum physics ,speculative fiction, and Black/Afro-diasporan cultural traditions of observing time and space. The works aim to break free into the unknown futures of past selves, and to honor the ritual casualties and philosophies of Black ancestry, culture, and spirit.
Join us at Squeaky Wheel on Friday, January 25th at 7pm for the opening reception of the exhibition and a conversation with Moor Mother at 7:30pm.
February 9, 2–5pm: Black Magnolias x Black Quantum Futurism: Discussion and Creative Writing Workshop
April 5, 7pm: Worldline ⃝ Timeline: Screening of John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History, and work by Dana McKnight and Amanda Strong
Time emerges from timeless degrees of freedom, creating conditions by which Afro-descendants can collapse all eras, instances, and possibilities for Blackness across time and into the present, borrowing freely from any temporal dimension. Through an examination of the Unknown, and Black/Afrodiasporan ritual temporalities, Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) will activate portals, shadows, and black holes as sites of re-memory, future memory, and temporal liberation.
The exhibition contains a preview of works-in-progress, including BQF’s Black Womxn Temporal Portal (The Future(s) Are Black Quantum Womanist), a project that begin as a protest statement against limited conceptions about what “The Future is…” that dis-includes Black womxn, femmes, and girls. Considering the unique, intersectional temporal experiences of Black womxn, femmes, and girls and the ways in which we are being actively erased from the objective, linear future, this text, sound, and image series is part of a nonlinear timescape/tapestry/temporal map/toolkit preparing us for the Black quantum womanist future(s). The exhibition will also include the second chapter of ShadowGrams, which first premiered at The Kitchen Gallery (NYC) in 2018. ShadowGrams questions what it means to “See into the Darkness Without Seeing the Dark.” The work features projection, poetry and sound that work in-tandem to illuminate a past unknown in order to create portals inward, towards self.
Programming will include a special performance by BQF and a Black Womxn’s Time Camp with workshops, film screenings, and brunch.
A Science Fiction Community phenomenon featuring live music, a science fiction themed art show, a kids zine-workshop, RPG's hosted by Red Cap's Corner, sci-fi stories from Metropolarity, Amalgem comics, afrofuturism from Community Future's Lab, face-painting, vendors and more all amongst the beautiful insects & weird creatures featured at the Insectarium. Science Fiction is a great vehicle to explore all the possibilities of our human experience, this convention focuses on that potentiality through fun, music, art and games for all ages.
A proposal to design & imagine alternative tomorrows using the internet(s)
Our proposal to deal with the weird state of the world and imagine collectively alternative tomorrows, is a thought-experiment designed around / between / below / beyond an open question / invitation / provocation about everything, for everyone and everywhere:
How can we decelerate, decolonise, debrief the coevolution of the internet(s), digital technologies and societies?
With this question, we aim to look at the interrelations between the internet(s), digital technologies and societies. In other words, the interrelations between the networks, the tools and the collective narratives. Questioning the existing ones to imagine the alternatives, beyond physical and mental borders, in a collaborative effort across disciplines, sectors, ages and cultures.
Afrofuturism: Reimagining space and time through speculative fiction
SPACE IS THE PLACE
JOHN CONEY | USA | 1974 | 101 MIN
Thursday, March 21 | 7:00 PM | Phila. Film Center
Reserve Free Tickets Here: http://filmadelphia.org/events/space-is-the-place/
Author and founder of the Afrofuturist Affair, Rasheedah Phillips discusses the foundations and future of #Afrofuturism, a philosophy that challenges traditional notions of space, time, and technology to see alternative pasts and futures for the African Diaspora.
A companion to his legendary album of the same name, SPACE IS THE PLACE features jazz iconoclast #SunRa as an intergalactic traveler intent on resettling a distant planet with African Americans. Traveling back to 1940s Chicago and to 1970s Oakland, Sun Ra faces off against the nefarious Overseer and a team of evil NASA scientists. Mind-bending, visually dazzling, and infused with electrifying music, SPACE IS THE PLACE is a landmark early work of Afrofuturist cinema, combining sharp social critique with visionary metaphysical theories. The feature will be preceded by the short RECURRENCE PLOT: THE FAMILY CIRCLE (2018), adapted from a short story by Rasheedah Phillips. In it, a memory-storing bracelet transports a young woman backward in time to the day of her own mother’s death, challenging the notion that time travels in only one direction.
As part of the Timeless Degrees of Freedom exhibition, Black Womxn Time Camp is a day-long program exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts from the frameworks, rituals, and cultural traditions of self-identifying Black womxn, femmes, girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks. The program includes a zine brunch, workshops with Black Quantum Futurism, Womanist Working Collective, Shivon Pearl Love, Ras Cutlass (Metropolarity), film screenings, sonic meditations with Marcelline Mandeng and Moor Mother, and tarot readings with Oshun's Mirror.
Dive more deeply into ideas about the past, the future, and the relationship between them in Sing, Unburied, Sing. Through the lens of Afrofuturism, a cultural movement that combines elements of science fiction to re-examine historical events, use everyday creative writing tools such as memory, imagination, and music to explore how one can time travel. This workshop is led by Rasheedah Phillips, an author and the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair. Click to RSVP for this free event.