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METROPOLARITY is a corner store sci-fi & action collective.

We began a collision and exist now as a process, a documenting of becoming, a node in a network, a place of witnessing and comfort, plotting, an example hard work, an example of the counter, alternative, proof. It was and is an experiment, but now consists of tools, gatherings, and practices that interweave with the landscape of Philly grown resistance culture.

METROPOLARITY: The manifestation of contrasting principles, tendencies, or lifestyles in an urban system and any reactions resulting from encounters between these forces.

We wield “science fiction” voice and word to manifest world-paradigms necessary for our survival. Empire does not welcome this. Ride with us against empire.

HELLO AND WE JACKED THIS CODE OFF LIES JOURNAL <3. HACK THE PLANET 2016.

SPEECH ADVISORY

As a general rule, METROPOLARITY purposely employs colloquial/local grammatical practices and utilizes tenses and points of view that may not be palatable for many publications accustomed to institutionally reified forms of language. Our practices are integral to the political and philosophical messaging within our work. However, this does not mean that we consider ourselves beyond reproach of editing and critique.

 

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BAD USER AGREEMENT
Journal Of Speculative Vision & Critical Liberation Technologies [SE03, EP01]


Bad user agreements are those that our societies are built upon. The promises we are taught are true and real and our continued existence in spite of the lies. These are stories of people surviving bad user agreements & ways to game the system.

Philly based sci-fi & other atemporal fantastic tales from accomplices & kin.


• 124 pages
• 6" x 9" linen softcover, cream paper
• partial color
• ISBN: 978-0-9981138-1-4
• 16.00 USD

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STYLE OF ATTACK REPORT

METROPOLARITY is a DIY sci-fi collective based, bred, and tested in the colliding future-present of Philadelphia. This Style of Attack Report contains select work from METROPOLARITY's four founding members, who contribute theory, practice, and experience of home grown speculative visioning for both historical documentation as well as personal and collective survival. The collection serves as a model and a record of how Black, brown, queer, low-resource, working, ill and in-recovery people can project themselves into the future, conjuring resources, technology, and magic that aid us in the present.

Also this sci-fi is FIRE cuz the crew don't play.


2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in LGBTQ SF/F/Horror

• 122 pages
• 4.25" x 7" linen softcover
• black & white
• ISBN: 978-0-9981138-0-7
• 13.00 USD

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We work for the people for free. We work for institutions in exchange for financial compensation. In order to respect our time-energy when contacting us, please keep this in mind.

METROPOLARITY seeks artists, educators, activists, and non-specifics for community building, skill-sharing, and narrative harnessing. We are seasoned collaborators, self-publishers, workshop & panel facilitators, guest lecturers, award winners, and more. Please review our content for an idea of our past and ongoing efforts.

 

WHO WE ARE

R. CUTLASS MASHRAMANI

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r. cutlass feels more alive now that there's so much visible tangible work to do. still, death always looms. not afraid to glitch if need be.
find more of *surplus person* somewhere on metropolarity.net or at www.blackwomxntemporal.net, an online portal summoned by Black Quantum Futurism collective. She is a founding member of METROPOLARITY, and a recent a recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant, which funded her forthcoming sci-fi paranoia thriller, NO CALL//NOSHOW. In a parallel universe, she is a mental health worker. You can find her work by utilizing your friendly neighborhood online surveillance unit. She has no time.



ALEX SMITH

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Alex Smith lives in the seams in the cloth of existence where he desperately stitches together universes with one hand and with the other, armed with an espresso tamp, makes valiant attempts to keep his lights on.A member of the sci-fi artist/activist collective Metropolarity, founder of the queer sci-fi reading series Laser Life, and curator of the retro-futurist electro mash-up art-jam Chrome City, Alex's stories and writings embolden the weird, strange, and revolutionary dichotomy of being Black and queer in a world that marginalizes both. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for the anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, Stories for Chip and for Black Quantum Futurism's Space-Time Collapse: From the Congo to the Carolinas, it's Smith’s flash fiction collection Gang Stalk Oprah, self-published sci-fi zine A R K D U S T and super-hero space opera comic book BELIEVERS that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.


@theyarebirds on Instagram

M TÉLLEZ

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M is a crossroads cyborg and sloganeer who tells stories about desolation/intimacy, class/objectification, borders/land-based memory/media control, and the violence in relying on binaries to order the world. They were born and raised by the city of Philadelphia, built by stolen peoples on the stolen lands of the now displaced Lenni Lenape. M is frustrated with/haunted by institutional legitimacy/charity, anti-blackness by white assimilation, and fixed treatments of language and perspective. They serve as Minister of Crossroads and founding METROPOLARITY member. M considers the common word a handy and inexpensive tool for deconstructing oppressive world-ordering narratives. Read their full bio at cyborgmemoirs.com


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RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS

Rasheedah Phillips is the Managing Attorney of the Landlord-Tenant Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. She is a recent recipient of the National Housing Law Project 2017 Housing Justice Award, 2017 City & State Pennsylvania 40 under 40 Rising Star award, the 2018 Temple University Law School BlackLaw Student Association Award, and a 2017 Pew Fellowship co-recipient, and is a 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. Rasheedah’s writing has appeared in Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle, Temple University Political and Civil Rights Journal, Villanova Law Review, Organize Your Own Catalogue, and many other publications. Rasheedah is the founder of AfroFuturist Affair, Black Quantum Futurism Collective collective, a founding member of METROPOLARITY Queer Scifi Collective, and a self-published speculative fiction author of multiple books. She is also the co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab project, a socially engaged art project utilizing themes of communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.

Follow her latest project www.blackwomxntemporal.net, andsubscribe to the Future Light Cone newsletter.


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PRESS

Philly.com: Meet the team that created a dystopian West Philadelphia film where black folks rise up to fight police brutality
29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced
Mask Magazine: Interview with Metropolarity
Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia: Free For All with Black Quantum Futurism & METROPOLARITY
SAMEK Art Gallery: Tomorrow Never Happens ~ Queer Futurity and the Aesthetics of Utopia
SF MOMA Open Spaces: assassinating infinity: an interview with metropolarity
Free Library of Philadelphia: Soft Targets: Vulnerability and Violence in the New Post-Apocalypse
New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas around SPECULATION watch full video - skip to 1:07 for our part
Kelly Writers House: METROPOLARITY LIVE at the Kelly Writers House WPXN 88.5FM
Recess Critical Writing Program: YOU HAVE 4 MESSAGES
Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo: RIPExpo 2015 FEATURED GUESTS
4th AUX Curatorial Fellow Anthony Romero and METROPOLARITY present Erasures watch full video
Philadelphia City Paper: A West Philly collective aims to elevate underrepresented voices in science fiction literature and beyond
Broken Pencil Magazine: Zine Philosophy: METROPOLARITY
Digital Media + Learning: Teaching Urban Digital Literacy Outside Schools

LINKS

Youth HEALers Philly

Trans Women Writers Collective

The Black Tribbles

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Cyborg Memoirs

Black Quantum Futurism

ALEXOTERIC

NEWSLETTER




   

HERALD

1. OUR SCI-FI IS OUR REALITY!

Not all of us here are born with a silver spoon, tie-dyed space ship. We want the gristle, the grime, the earth, and steel to bend beneath our feet as we navigate towards the moon and the stars. Because we’re not divorced from the reality of our nightmares, we give voice to the passion of our dreams.

2. OUR GENERATION IS ETERNAL!

These are androids dreaming of electric sheep, going 20,000 leagues below the surface, scraping up lost scrolls and parables of forgotten sowers. We commune with the griots, the orishas, the wizards and the soothsayers. We are always imp, always sage, always forever.

3. OUR PERCEPTIONS ARE NOT OUR OWN!

What looks like a spoon isn’t (is) a spoon. We can burst like 1,000 rainbows in dreary forest, or pour onto your subway cars in psychedelic sprawl, turn bullets into fireflies and asphalt into cloud.

4. OUR SCI-FI IS OUR NEW MYTH!

Those ancient scrolls and scriptures are tattered and torn, rewritten by ogres to fit their own needs throughout time, forward and back again. We graft tales of exploding confetti in alleyways, of dust strewn castles in tenement hallways and of new, unfolding rituals in parking lot bonfires. We believe in their power, their power it guides us.

5. OUR CRITIQUE IS THE TRIP FANTASTIC!

Like a glass moth, in the air on wings of gossamer, the questions rise: what of our future, what of our skin? We believe in unplugging from the machine, in taking the microchips and tracking devices lodged in our lobes and, before smashing them, acknowledging them, making them known. We are the reporters in a rainbowtopia.

6. OUR VOICE IS THE SONG FOR THE VOICELESS!

No more will we slink into the back of the bazaar, huddled over embers in the cold spaces of your library, forgotten and lost playing back up to Captain Kirk. We slipped the bad pills behind our gums and ignored the placebos, to spit them out later as diamonds, to clear our tongues, to sing.

7. OUR DREAM SPACE IS OUR COMMUNION!

A faerie commune in deep space; street corner kid as astronaut; man in bodega as a disembodied spirit. We present this as offering space for new visions and imaginings of identity among the disenfranchised, entwined in the arena of new beginnings.

8. OUR SCI-FI IS OUR LIBERATION!

To simultaneously go beyond and embody gender, body, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, with the city backlit on a cosmic green screen, where the shackles of every “-ism” falls as fresh morning dew subtly on a still wet page. We want freedom to determine our destiny, in our time, in our space, in our dreams, in our metro polarity.

EN ESPAÑOL

METROPOLARITY: La manifestación de principios, tendecias, o estilos de vida que contrastan en un sistema urbano así como de reacciones producto del encuentro entre estas fuerzas.

METROPOLARITY nació en el verano pixeleado del 2012, desesperadxs por un espacio donde la tecnología y comunidad pudiesen encontrarse. Un colectivx que utiliza la ciencia ficción como herramienta para la especulación, conformado por escritorxs/artistas/activistas nacidxs/criadxs en Filadelfia. Pobres y de la clase trabajadora, de bajos recursos, queer, trans, sobrevivientes, madres, profesionistas, no académicxs, gloriosxs, amorfxs caminantxs de los límites y espacios, soñadorxs citadinxs de las diasporas Africana/Caribeña/mestiza/Europea. METROPOLARITY cree firmemente que aquellxs desempoderadxs deben tomar ventaja y control de los medios de comunicación a los que se tenga acceso. METROPOLARITY ha escogido la ciencia ficción como su prisma para manifestar los paradigmas del mundo necesarios para la sobrevivencia. Somos destructorxs y resurrectos.

HERALD

1. NUESTRA CIENCIA FICCIÓN ES NUESTRA REALIDAD
No todxs aquí hemos nacido en bandeja de plata, o en una nave espacial teñida tipo tie-dyed. Queremos lo filoso y áspero, la suciedad, la tierra, y que el acero se doble ante nuestros pies al tiempo que caminamos hacia la luna y las estrellas. Porque nuestra realidad no esta divorciada de nuestros sueños, le damos voz a la pasión de nuestros sueños.

2. NUESTRA GENERACIÓN ES ETERNA
Somos androides soñando con oevajas eléctricas, yendo a 20,000 leguas debajo de la tierra, desenterrando pergáminos perdidos y parabólas de sembradorxs olvidadas. Estamos en comunión con los Griots, los Orishas, lxs magxs y lxs videntes. Somos demonios, sabixs los somos y seremos por siempre.

3. NUESTRAS PERCEPCIONES NO SON NUESTRAS!
Lo que parece una cuchara no es una cuchara. Podemos explotar como 1000 arcoiris en un bosque sombrío, o llenar de psicoldeía tus vagones de tren, convertir balas en luciérnagas y el asfalto en nubes.

4. NUESTRA CIENCIA FICCIÓN ES NUESTRO NUEVA MITOLOGÍA
Aquellos pergaminos y escrituras arcaicos están deshilachados y rotos, reescritos por ogros para adaptarse a sus propias necesidades a través del tiempo, hacia atrás y hacia adelante al derecho y al revés una y otra vez. Nosotrxs tejemos cuentos de callejones llenos de confetti, de pasillos de vecindades cubiertos con el polvo de castillos, de hogueras y ritalues en los lotes baldíos. Creemos en el poder de estos rituales, este poder es nuestra guía.

5. NUESTRA CRITICISMO ES UN VIAJE A LO FANTÁSTICO!
Como una polilla de cristal, en el aire con sus alas translúcidas, la pregunta esta en el aire: ¿qué hay de nuestro futuro, qué hay de nuestra piel? Creemos en desconectarnos de la máquina, en sacar de nosotrxs los microchips y los dispositivos de rastreo incrustrados en nuestros lóbulos, y antes de aplastarlos, hacercelos saber, queremos que lo sepan. Somos lxs reporterxs en una arcoiristopía.

6. NUESTRA VOZ ES LA CANTO DE LXS SIN VOZ!
No nos esconderemos más tras bambalinias en sus bazares, acurrucados sobre brasas ardientes en las esquinas frías de sus bibliotecas, no seremos más lxs personajes perdidxs y olvidadxs detrás de la figura del Capitán Kirk de Star Trek. No tomaremos sus placebos, hemos escondido detrás de nuestras encías las malditas pildoras para después escupirlas como diamantes, para limpiar nuestra lengua, para aclarar nuestras gargantas listxs para cantar.

7. NUESTRO SUEÑO ESPACIAL ES NUESTRA COMUNA!
Una comuna de hadas en lo profundo del espacio; niñxs callejerxs astronautas; cuerpos en las bodegas con su espíritu despedazado. Ofrecemos un nuevo espacio para las nuevas visiones e imaginarios de identidad entre aquellxs desposeídos, entrelazadxs en la arena de nuevos comienzos.

8. NUESTRA CIENCIA FICCIÓN ES NUESTRA LIBERACIÓN!
Para poder ir más allá al mismo tiempo en que incorporaramos géneros, cuerpos, etnicidades, religiones, identidades sexuales, con las luces de trasfondo en las ciudades, detrás de una pantalla verde cósmica, donde los grilletes de cada -ismo caigan sobre una página todavía húmeda como el rocío de una fresca mañana. Queremos la libertad para determinar nuestro propio destino, en nuestro tiempo, en nuestro espacio, en nuestros sueños, en nuestra metropolaridad.

Gracias a nuestrx homie Ana por su Chilango spanish traducción