Black Quantum Futurism/ The AfroFuturist Affair celebrate the opening of our new space COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB!

Over the next year, Black Quantum Futurism will be building and enacting a quantum time capsule, exploring oral histories/futures, preservation, displacement, and alternative temporalities within the North Philadelphia community known as Sharswood/Blumberg. “Community Futurisms” will document the redevelopment of Sharswood/Blumberg, through a multidisciplinary community art project that explores the intersections of futurism, literature, visual remixing, sound, and activism as art.

Join us on June 18, 2016 as we open the COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB, which will function as a resource library, community studio and gallery, workshop space, story recording booth, thinktank, experimental space and more.

ALL AGES
Light refreshments
Soundscapes + Projections by BQF
konja sound by Sirius JuJu
reading by Moor Mother
fly life sounds by Alexoteric

Black Quantum Futurism/ The AfroFuturist Affair celebrate the opening of our new space COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB!

Over the next year, Black Quantum Futurism will be building and enacting a quantum time capsule, exploring oral histories/futures, preservation, displacement, and alternative temporalities within the North Philadelphia community known as Sharswood/Blumberg. “Community Futurisms” will document the redevelopment of Sharswood/Blumberg, through a multidisciplinary community art project that explores the intersections of futurism, literature, visual remixing, sound, and activism as art.

Join us on June 18, 2016 as we open the COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB, which will function as a resource library, community studio and gallery, workshop space, story recording booth, thinktank, experimental space and more.

ALL AGES
Light refreshments
Soundscapes + Projections by BQF
konja sound by Sirius JuJu
reading by Moor Mother
fly life sounds by Alexoteric

When: June 18, 2016
Time: 5-7pm
Where: CFL, 2204 Ridge Ave, Phila PA 19121
Ages: All

If you can’t make it out to the reception, please contact us at communityfutureslab@gmail.com to find out other ways to support or get involved and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates!! We are also seeking to gather stories from current and former residents of Sharswood and surrounding community, so please spread the word!

Community Futurisms supported in part by A Blade of Grass
http://www.abladeofgrass.org/fellow/black-quantum-futurism/

@afrofuturistaffair // @blackquantumfuturism present the Space-Time Collapse Tour dates for April 2016 – readings, lectures, and panels on temporality, quantum futurism, speculation, displacement, future visioning, #diytimetravel at @universityoftoronto @penndesign @mocada_museum @ardentheatreco @thewoodenshoebooks @stocktonuniversity #afrofuturism #blackquantumfuturism #blackwomenwriters

Readings, lectures, and panels on temporality, quantum futurism, speculation, displacement, future visioning

APRIL 1: TRANS/TEMPORALITY CONFERENCE @ THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

APRIL 2: JUSTICE + SPACE PANEL @ PENN DESIGN PHILA

APRIL 3: FREE BLACK WOMEN’S LIBRARY @ MOCADA MUSEUM NYC

APRIL 7: THEN AND NOW PANEL @ ARDEN THEATER PHILA

APRIL 17: RE-PRESENT-ING PANEL @ WOODEN SHOE BOOKS PHILA

APRIL 19: STOCKPOT LAUNCH @ STOCKTON UNIVERSITY NEW JERUSE

 

#diytimetravel at @universityoftoronto @penndesign @mocada_museum @ardentheatreco @thewoodenshoebooks @stocktonuniversity #afrofuturism #blackquantumfuturism #blackwomenwriters

“SCI-FI AS MEMOIR IN THE REALITY OF APOCALYPSE”

(1) #SOFTTARGETS WAS A DAY OF WRITING CRITIQUES + WORKSHOPS + PERFORMANCES ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE PHILADELPHIA FREE LIBRARY CENTRAL BRANCH.

This was an day-long event held in preparation for the submission deadline to APIARY Magazine’s 8th issue and collaboration with our collective, themed SOFT TARGETS. APIARY is a volunteer-run, freely distributed literary magazine based in and featuring Philadelphia writers. Before METROPOLARITY got started, Ras was one of the fiction editors for the mag. APIARY’s staff has always supported us, and we’ve been meaning to do some sort of collaborative effort ever since. So the SOFT TARGETS issue is a sci-fi one collaboratively edited by us at METROPOLARITY, along with the standing editors at APIARY.

THE DAY CONCLUDED WITH METROPOLARITY SQUAD READING IN THE MAIN BRANCH’S FAMOUS AUDITORIUM. IF YOU MISSED IT, THANK THE COSMOS FOR A LIVESTREAM, M I RITE???? AUDIO IS PROVIDED BY NYFOLT & MOOR MOTHER GODDESS/BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM CREW

Eighteen says: It was sooooooooooo nice to be at the central branch of the library for this event, and super starry to perform in the famed auditorium. Like a lot of Philadelphians out there, I spent a looot of time in the library growing up (Olney & East Oak Lane branches whut up). Really grateful to APIARY staff and Adam from the Library for making things possible, and very appreciative of everyone who came out to the writing critique session and workshop, and all those who stayed for the performances.

(2) THE LASER LIFE QUEER SCI-FI READING SERIES MARCH EDITION WAS FIRE

ALEX SMITH READS AT LASER LIFE

THE LASER LIFE AT LAVA ZONE
HASHTAG QUEER SCI-FI HASHTAG FUCK GOD HASHTAG FUCK LANDOWNERS HASHTAG UP THE HERETICS
#METROPOLARITY

THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME. THANKS TO JOYCE HATTON FOR THE MOST EXCELLENT DEBUT, MOOR MOTHER GODDESS FOR THE STORM, CHASKA FOR THE PERFECT AUDIO/VISUAL ATMOSPHERE & EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT <3 <3 <3 <3 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING/PERFORMING AT THE NEXT LASER LIFE, CONTACT THEYAREBIRDS AT GEEEEEMAIL.

What nobody seems to have pics of is the powerful trailer for M. Asli Dukan‘s INVISIBLE UNIVERSE documentary on black speculative fiction… but check this out:

INVISIBLE UNIVERSE DOCUMENTARY (FUNDRAISING DEMO) from MIZAN MEDIA PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

In 2003, independent filmmaker, M. Asli Dukan, set out to make a documentary about the 150 year history of Black creators in speculative fiction (SF) books and movies. What she didn’t realize at the time was that she was about to document a major movement in the history of speculative fiction. A movement where a growing number of Black creators were becoming an effective force, creating works that had increasing influence on the traditionally, straight, white, cis-male dominated SF industry. However, while these Black creators imagined better futures for Black people within their fictional works of SF, in reality, the everyday, lived experiences of Black people in the United States – e.g., the rise of massive inequality, the prison industrial complex, and police brutality – stood in stark contrast. She began to wonder if these phenomena were related.

Told through the ever-present lens and off-screen narrator voice of the filmmaker, Invisible Universe will explore this question by examining the work of Black creators of SF through the ideology of the emerging Black Lives Matter movement, which addresses the systematic oppression of Black lives. Since she began the documentary, the filmmaker has compiled an extensive interviewee list of Black writers, artists and filmmakers of SF who have been creating works where Black people not only exist in the future, but are powerful shapers of their own realities, whether in magical lands, dystopian settings, or on distant worlds. In addition, she has documented an ever-increasing number of academic, community and arts events dedicated to the work and critical analysis of Black SF, as well as building connections between the creators, thinkers, organizers and fans. In the past decade, the filmmaker has documented the cultural shift around Black SF and its explicit connections to Black liberation. This documentary explores the idea that in a world of capitalist exploitation, anti-Black oppression and state violence, Black creators are speculating about better worlds as a means of resistance and survival.

The documentary will also consider how “Black Speculation” is rooted in the history of “Black Struggle” in the United States by exploring two previous eras of Black creators speculating about Black lives through the genres of SF. The first era occurred during the nadir of African American history in late 19th and early 20th centuries, when slavery, war, lynchings, race riots, disfranchisement and segregation inspired Black writers to pen narratives about international slave rebellions, secret, Black governments and powerful, long lost, African kingdoms. The second era occurred during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, when the work of Black writers of SF seemed to extrapolate on the possible futures that would occur as a result of the successes or failures of the Civil Rights or Black Power struggles. This documentary will explore how this current moment, which the filmmaker considers the third era of Black Speculation, compares and contrasts with the earlier two eras.

This timely documentary includes interviews with Black writers of SF like Samuel R. Delany, the late Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson and Nnedi Okorafor, actors like Nichelle Nichols and Wesley Snipes, cultural organizers like Rasheedah Phillips and her AfroFuturist Affair, academics/artists like John Jennings and Nettrice Gaskins, social justice workers/artists like adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, as well as numerous other filmmakers, artists, academics, archivists, and fans. This one-of-a-kind project is essentially an archive of a “Who’s Who” of Black speculative fiction.

EVERYONE’S READING…

Space-Time Collapse is a new experimental writing and image series applying Black Quantum Futurism practices and theory to various space-time collapse phenomenon. This inaugural collection explores possible space-time narratives and temporal perspectives of enslaved Black African ancestors, pre- and post-liberation. The slave ships and plantations themselves are traversed by the visionaries as chronotopes containing layers of different times, imprinted by the experiences of the people held captive therein. The featured writers and visionaries attempt to visualize, hear, understand, and feel the experience of time overwritten — the rewriting of conceptions of the past, present, and future to a people displaced by the transatlantic slave trade. The works also examine perceptions of time and space in relation to Black memory, historical and societal change, systems and institutions, and technological development, and how these perceptions are sifted through or persist into the present. Some propose ways and tools for shifting the dominant linear progress narrative with alternative concepts and shapes of time.

Featuring new visions from Rasheedah Phillips, Joy KMT, Thomas Stanley, PhD, Ytasha Womack, Camae Ayewa, Dominique Matti, Theo Paijmans, Alex Smith, and Femi Matti, with a foreword by Alicia J. Lochard.

Soundscapes available at https://blackquantumfuturism.bandcamp.com/album/space-time-collapse-i

ASK YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY TO STOCK BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM BOOKS OR ORDER YOUR COPY FROM HOUSE OF FUTURE SCIENCES TODAY

Slought is pleased to announce “Future Perfect,” a screening and workshop exploring future imaginaries from the New Right to the AfroFuturist Affair, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6-8pm. The event will feature the Philadelphia premiere of Daniel Tucker’s feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country (54 minutes, 2015), followed by a dialogue between the artist and author Rasheedah Phillips, creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, exploring the liberatory potential of language, and the relationship of writing to social justice and alternative conceptions of the future.

Slought is pleased to announce “Future Perfect,” a screening and workshop exploring future imaginaries from the New Right to the AfroFuturist Affair, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6-8pm. The event will feature the Philadelphia premiere of Daniel Tucker’s feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country (54 minutes, 2015), followed by a dialogue between the artist and author Rasheedah Phillips, creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, exploring the liberatory potential of language, and the relationship of writing to social justice and alternative conceptions of the future.

The conversation at Slought takes place just over ten years after Ronald Reagan’s death, and twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and his departure from the office of the President of the United States. It will begin with an exploration of a speech delivered by former President Ronald Reagan following the end of his Governorship in California on August 19th, 1976 at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. In this speech, Reagan talks of the difficulty he found in writing a letter for a time capsule to be sealed in Los Angeles and opened one hundred years in the future. The video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country revisits this historical moment, as well as Reagan’s future imaginaries – his science fiction imagination and rhetoric – through visits to Reagan-inspired monuments and time capsules throughout California.

The conversation at Slought will then move from the New Right imaginary of Reagan’s era, which sought to impose a conservative vision upon society, to the AfroFuturist imaginary of Black speculative fiction writers today, who seek to enable a more progressive vision for society. In their recent collection Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (2015), editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha introduce the term visionary fiction to distinguish “science fiction that has relevance toward building new, freer worlds from the mainstream strain of science fiction, which most often reinforces dominant narratives of power.” The event will thus explore the power of language in envisioning better worlds, and the relationship between language, identity, imagination and power. The evening will conclude with a short writing workshop led by Rasheedah Phillips and The AfroFuturist Affair.

The avant-garde is black! Afrofuturism is a cultural movement that has been existing for a couple of decades in America, Europe and Africa. Some prominent Afrofuturists are Sun Ra, George Clinton, Jeff Mills and Science Fiction writer Octavia Butler. Today, there’s a new wave of Afrofuturist writers, performers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, bloggers, activists. Contemporary Afrofuturists – Rasheedah Phillips, Ytasha Womack, King Britt and many others – fuse science fiction imagination with avant-garde & DIY culture while reflecting black diaspora.

From 14th to 17th October, WORM will celebrate contemporary Afrofuturism with the festival “Afrofuturism Now!”. In preparation of this event, our program will look back at the roots of this super-interesting cultural movement, with an extensive film program and a lecture in June.

The AfroFuturist Affair/Black Quantum Futurism will be performing, presenting, and guest curating at the AFROFUTURISM NOW! Festival

The avant-garde is black! Afrofuturism is a cultural movement that has been existing for a couple of decades in America, Europe and Africa. Some prominent Afrofuturists are Sun Ra, George Clinton, Jeff Mills and Science Fiction writer Octavia Butler. Today, there’s a new wave of Afrofuturist writers, performers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, bloggers, activists. Contemporary Afrofuturists – Rasheedah Phillips, Ytasha Womack, King Britt and many others – fuse science fiction imagination with avant-garde & DIY culture while reflecting black diaspora.

From 14th to 17th October, WORM will celebrate contemporary Afrofuturism with the festival “Afrofuturism Now!”. In preparation of this event, our program will look back at the roots of this super-interesting cultural movement, with an extensive film program and a lecture in June.

AfroFutures_UK is a weekend event celebrating the intersection of futurism and the black experience. Featuring artists, academics, and activists, they aim to promote Afrofuturistic endeavours in the arts and technology. Metropolarity’s own Rasheedah Phillips, founder of the AfroFuturist Affair and Black Quantum Futurism collective, will be there as a guest speaker.

AfroFutures_UK is a weekend event celebrating the intersection of futurism and the black experience. Featuring artists, academics, and activists, they aim to promote Afrofuturistic endeavours in the arts and technology. Metropolarity’s own Rasheedah Phillips, founder of the AfroFuturist Affair and Black Quantum Futurism collective, will be there as one of several excellent guest speakers.


AfroFutures_UK is a new collective made up of artists, writers, activists and academics interested in exploring the future black experience through multi-media and disruptive technologies.

Our seminal event is a Conference//Exhibition where we will be using themes and inspiration from Afrofuturism to probe and dissect our visions of the future, from the sociological to the scientific. We aim to bring together a range of theoretical discourse that touch on this aspect, from womanism/black feminism, queer theory to liberation theology and afrocentric philosophy.

There will be a series of talks during the day as well as film screenings, performances and practical workshops. The current list of confirmed speakers and workshop leaders can be found here. You can follow us on Twitter @AfroFutures_UK

Enjoy the literary side of science with writers Tamara Oakman, Grant Clauser, Chris McCreary, Bryan Dickey, Rasheedah Phillips, Kathryn Ionata, Kyrwin Sutherland, Matt Charles, and Maggie Eighteen selected by The Apiary Corp., Bedfellows, Philadelphia Stories, Gigantic Sequins, Cleaver Magazine, Thread Makes Blanket, Painted Bride Quarterly, The AfroFuturist Affair, Metropolarity and Fact-Simile Editions.

Writers respond to the prompt “What’s the Science?” to describe how they imagine (or prefer to imagine) various phenomena occur, collaboratively creating a new cosmology. From sweaty suns to train rainbows, you’re sure to delight in this new world.

Suggested donation $7-10

Read bios of the participants at length here: https://www.facebook.com/events/472004649618093

Enjoy the literary side of science with writers Tamara Oakman, Grant Clauser, Chris McCreary, Bryan Dickey, Rasheedah Phillips, Kathryn Ionata, Kyrwin Sutherland, Matt Charles, and Maggie Eighteen selected by The Apiary Corp., Bedfellows, Philadelphia Stories, Gigantic Sequins, Cleaver Magazine, Thread Makes Blanket, Painted Bride Quarterly, The AfroFuturist Affair, Metropolarity and Fact-Simile Editions.

Writers respond to the prompt “What’s the Science?” to describe how they imagine (or prefer to imagine) various phenomena occur, collaboratively creating a new cosmology. From sweaty suns to train rainbows, you’re sure to delight in this new world.

Suggested donation $7-10

Read bios of the participants at length here: https://www.facebook.com/events/472004649618093

Well the squad went in and now we’ve got new pins, cute stickers, info cards, and our favorite, SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE IN PRINT & AUDIO FORMAT ❤️. Order stuff from our distro and get some of the aforementioned goods, or pick them up at our events (check out calendar in the nav above). There’s more coming, too. >=} Click the images in the post for direct links to anything you see therein.

This month also sees the opening of Rasheedah’s HOUSE OF FUTURE SCIENCES press online, a centralized place to get her Nonlocality Zines, Recurrence Plot novel and matching soundtrack (!), AfroFuturist Affair pins, posters, and the newest hottest book BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM. Details below. We’re stoked.

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Black Quantum Futurism (or 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, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Inside of the space where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to see “into,” choose, or create the impending future.

Featuring visions by Rasheedah Phillips, Moor Mother Goddess, Warren C. Longmire, Almah Lavon, Joy Kmt, Thomas Stanley, PhD, and Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, PhD.

84 pages. Matte cover.
Cover art and design by Dezz Archie
Compiled and edited by Rasheedah Phillips

Buy Now

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Recurrence Plot at Philadelphia’s Brickbat Books. Have you gotten your copy yet?

The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards. . .

Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.

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Maggie Eighteen’s PINS 4 CYBORGS reference Ghost in the Shell, Donna Haraway, and their own post-binary dystopian universe, All That’s Left. Get them in pairs, or buy one of their zines and get one on the house.

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New new new Metropolarity pins come with every Metropolarity order in our lil shop or at our events.

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Creative director of The AfroFuturist Affair and our own founding member put out a book this year. Have you heard about it?

“The major linchpin of the book is Phillips’ slippage between reality and fiction. It pervades throughout the entire book as well as in a metafictional sense. Walls between the reader and book seems to break down at several points with the inclusion of chapters of Experimental Time Order interspersed, and especially in one of the later chapters, it seems as if the reader is the one to whom the book addresses.”
Reese Francis of Futuristically Ancient

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“Recurrence Plot achieves the delightful symmetry of being a novel about experiencing time out of sequence, with a main character who has faulty memory and incomplete information, and about the discovery and reading of a self-published, postmodern, pseudoscientific, multimedia and multi-genre, portmanteau book, which is told out of sequence, leaving the reader confused and with incomplete information, and in a portmanteau, postmodern and pseudoscientific style…”
Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire

Certainly more quantum physics than I have ever read willingly, Phillips is an extremely creative story teller. From time travel to trauma, she tackles it all, in this slim but packed volume. Intriguing.
Sarah Katz

Time travel, zines, neurobiology, racism, choose your own adventure books, quantum physics, memory, Robert Anton Wilson, the prison-industrial complex, astrology… the number of disparate ideas and influences Philips incorporates into the complex structure of this books would be admirable simply for her ambition alone. That she pulls it off in a novel/book of short stories which manages to be intricately experimentally structured without ever feeling completely opaque is a major accomplishment. This book is a masterpiece by a major new talent, and is not to be missed.
Rachel K. Zall

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Available now at AfroFuturistAffair.com

The Afrofuturist Affair x Black Quantum Futurism
BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY
presents
ROCKERS!
final of 2014

featuring
Chiuatl Ce
The Mighty Paradocs
Sunny Ali & The Kid
Bells Roar
King Azaz

with renegade readings by
St. Skribbly LaCroix
Moor Mother Goddess

BE THERE

The Afrofuturist Affair x Black Quantum Futurism

BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY

presents

ROCKERS!
final of 2014

featuring

Chiuatl Ce
The Mighty Paradocs
Sunny Ali & The Kid
Bells Roar
King Azaz

with renegade readings by
St. Skribbly LaCroix
Moor Mother Goddess

AT DAHLAK PARADISE NOVEMBER 19TH. 9PM

“It’s AFTER the end of the world. Don’t you know that yet?” – SUN RA
In conjunction with our BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY month long celebration of afrofuturism we bring you a night of experimental Readings and Workshops FEATURING
METROPOLARITY ::::: Alexoteric/ Maggie Eighteen/ Ras Mashramani/ Rasheedah Phillips/Experimental Time Order workshop
Moor Mother Goddess/Two Weeks 3 Release and Talk [www.mmgzmmgz.tumblr.com]
ALMAH THE ALCHEMIST/In the Temple of Mitochondrial Eve workshop [http://transmodernfestival.com/2010/category/essays]
DR. RONE SHAVERS/Reading and Afrofuturism talk
BHTP/
+ MORE

“It’s AFTER the end of the world. Don’t you know that yet?” – SUN RA

In conjunction with our BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY month long celebration of afrofuturism we bring you a night of experimental Readings and Workshops

FEATURING

METROPOLARITY
Alexoteric/
Maggie Eighteen/
Ras Mashramani/
Rasheedah Phillips/Experimental Time Order workshop
www.metropolarity.net

Moor Mother Goddess/Two Weeks 3 Release and Talk
www.mmgzmmgz.tumblr.com

ALMAH THE ALCHEMIST/In the Temple of Mitochondrial Eve workshop
http://transmodernfestival.com/2010/category/essays

DR. RONE SHAVERS/Reading and Afrofuturism talk

BHTP/

+ MORE

7-10PM
A-SPACE
$ donation

WWW.AFROFUTURISTAFFAIR.COM