BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY MOVIE NIGHT

Impact Hub Philly | November 13, 5pm – 8pm
Join us for an evening of Afrofuturist, Black Scifi, and Horror films

FILMS
Habesha Undefined by Selam Bekele
A Dangerous Cure by Kevin Jarvis
Last Man Standing by Stan West
NOISEGATE by Donovan Vim Crony
Walk With Me by Art Punch Studio
+ other shorts

Movie Tickets

part of the Afrofuturist Affair’s 4th Annual Costume & Charity Ball

BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY MOVIE NIGHT 

Impact Hub Philly | November 13, 5pm – 8pm
Join us for an evening of Afrofuturist, Black Scifi, and Horror films

FILMS
Habesha Undefined by Selam Bekele 
A Dangerous Cure by Kevin Jarvis
Last Man Standing by Stan West
NOISEGATE by Donovan Vim Crony
Walk With Me by Art Punch Studio
+ other shorts

Movie Tickets

part of the Afrofuturist Affair’s 4th Annual Costume & Charity Ball

This year, The AfroFuturist Affair Annual Charity & Costume Ball has expanded space-time from one evening to a month-long celebration of Afrofuturism. In addition to the 4th Annual Costume Ball on Saturday, November 8 2014, we will have events throughout November, including workshops, dance party, readings, book club, film screenings, art exhibit, and more, all exploring the theme of Black Holographic Memory.

This year, The AfroFuturist Affair Annual Charity & Costume Ball has expanded space-time from one evening to a month-long celebration of Afrofuturism. In addition to the 4th Annual Costume Ball on Saturday, November 8 2014, we will have events throughout November, including workshops, dance party, readings, book club, film screenings, art exhibit, and more, all exploring the theme of Black Holographic Memory.

NOV. 8 – Charity and Costume Ball – $10 donation
Please join us at Impact Hub Philly as we celebrate and bring awareness to Afrofuturism and Black SciFi culture with feature visual and performance artists, authors, and presenters whose creations use Afrofuturism and Black Sci-Fi as vehicles for expression and agency. Costumes and theme-wear strongly encouraged (check our past photos)!

Sounds Provided by:
Visibly Inflight (ATL)
Ganja Goons (SC)
Violet Marley
MMGZ and the BHM Band
Warren C. Longmire
Marlo Reynolds
Nyfolt
John Wesley Moon
DJ Willy Wino

Live Art with:
Omi Urban Gypsy

Month-long Afrofuturist Art Gallery featuring:
Dezz Archie
Nyfolt
Noni Red
Omi Urban Gypsy
+BQF Private art collection

Indigenous Techniques Afterparty at House of Future Sciences. Details TBA

Nov 13 – MultiMedia Night
– $3-5 donation
Join us at Impact Hub for an evening of Afrofuturist, Black Scifi, and Horror documentary and films
Featuring:
Habesha Undefined by Selam Films: Prince of Nowhere
A Dangerous Cure: the Movie by Kevin Jarvis
Last Man Standing by Stan West
NOISEGATE by Donovan Vim Crony
Walk With Me by Art Punch Studio
+ other shorts

Nov. 15 – Workshops/Readings – $3-5 donation
Details TBA soon

Sponsored by
Philadelphia Printworks
Metropolarity
ROCKERS!
Fanbros.com
Lissa Alicia Independent Media and Marketing

All proceeds benefit The Futurist Fund Community Grant, which provides emergency assistance to low-income community members. More info atwww.afrofuturistaffair.com.

We know the literary world is not immune to the racism and inequality all around us. And we know we can do better. This reading and panel discussion will explore how two small, independent presses in Philadelphia are exploring issues of race, gender, literature, and a better future.

We know the literary world is not immune to the racism and inequality all around us. And we know we can do better. This reading and panel discussion will explore how two small, independent presses in Philadelphia are exploring issues of race, gender, literature, and a better future.

Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair /House of Future Sciences Books will present her book, Reccurence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales), an independently-published novel set in Philly that uses time travel to explore issues of race, gender, trauma, and agency.

Author Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela of Thread Makes Blanket Press will be presenting Dismantle, a contemporary collection of work from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, a national workshop that nurtures writers of color. She will be joined by Andrea Walls, one of Dismantle’s editors, and Seve Torres, one of the writers included in the anthology.

Join us for a short reading and a discussion about new visions for literature today and into the future, and to celebrate the release of these two new books.

More information:

http://www.recurrenceplot.com/

www.threadmakesblanket.com

http://www.akpress.org/dismantle.html

Check out what Afropunk just said about Dismantle!

The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess.

The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 to screen two of The Future Weird’s curated tracks, VISIONS OF EXCESS and IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS.

VISIONS OF EXCESS features short films which document bodies produced by force. We study body movement which confounds the dichotomy between human and machine. But forget what you know about the sexy cyborg – we’re talking about discipline, ritual, secret societies run by women, the appetites of deep sea creatures, eroticized amputees, and militant bread bakers. Welcome to the black fantastic.

featuring a thematic performance by Moor Mother Goddess

In IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS, water is a cleansing force through which our bodies may be reborn, but it is also a site of memory where disappeared and suppressed things resurface, wash up, or return to us as detritus. Through myths that traverse the Black diaspora we meet a beautiful and dangerous sea goddess named mama wata. Following tourists and then refugees fleeing Europe, we consider stories concerning identity, slavery and commerce, high seas adventure, and the joint appeal and terror of being visited by ancestors or haunted by an unknown past.

featuring a thematic performance by Marlo Reynolds

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where: LAVA Space, 4134 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 4-9pm, with thematic musical interludes
Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Snacks

Sponsored by:
Philadelphia Printworks, GriotWorks, The Future Weird, and The AfroFuturist Affair

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 – Activation is an opening reception for the exhibition and book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).

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.

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 – Activation is an opening reception for the exhibition and book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).

Featuring 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

Readings from:
Metropolarity
Warren The poet longmire
Michael Michael Joseph O’Hara
Rasheedah Phillips
+ Special Guests

FREE

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 1 – Preparation will take place at Yell Gallery on Sunday March 23, 2014 from 3 to 6:30pm. Pt. 1 will prepare travelers for the time machine activation event with workshops, music and memory stations, and other workshops and interactive activities with contributing artists. See invite to Pt. 1 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/201554873388538/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com for questions

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.

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

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). See invite to Pt. 2 here https://www.facebook.com/events/1431545053750221/?previousaction=join&source=1

afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com for questions

This unique celebration of black Scifi with live music from composer and producer King Britt, as well as a host of other luminaries from the worlds of performance, music, fashion, and art is not to be missed! Join us for dancing and fun in the galleries.

This unique celebration of black Scifi with live music from composer and producer King Britt, as well as a host of other luminaries from the worlds of performance, music, fashion, and art is not to be missed! Join us for dancing and fun in the galleries.

The event is co-produced by Rasheedah Phillips and is part of the special exhibition, Afrotechtopia at the Samek Art Museum.

More on the artists and performers:
King Britt
Alex Smith
Jos Duncan
Moor Mother Goddess
The DaQuan
NorvisJr.
St. Skribbly LaCroix
75 Studios
Intuitive Expressions

One of these days we’re going to have enough time out of our day jobs and personal projects and group organizing efforts to write some beefy articles up on this chumpie, but until then we’re going to keep updating you with media from our efforts in the meatspace.

Here’s a bit of backlog coverage from two events, The Apiary Corp & The Dream Oven‘s Come As Your Madness smut reading in September 2013, and the 11th annual Philly Zine Fest in October 2013

Ras Mashramani readily reads a bunch of filth at Little Berlin in the world’s best ambivalent dial-up monotone (this is one of the multitude of reasons she is loved).

Jump ahead a month and here she is reading a piece about cyberspace adolesence and chatroom survival called The Nightspace at Philly Zine Fest 2013 At the Rotunda, October 12th, 2013

R.Phillips (also of the Afrofuturist Affair) reads from Literary Social Vision & Building Benevolent Institutions Part 1 at the same fest. If you like hard SF, do yourself a favor and get turned on here.

“Like newborns to an umbilical cord we remain tethered to institutions all our lives.”

Then she follows up, reading the excerpt “Zero Point” from the tentatively titled Slice Convergence and Non-Local Spaces. She read this at the last Laser Life and everybody’s head exploded (then reassembled by reversing the thermodynamic flow of time)

Don’t miss us. We regularly post about our upcoming events here in our Events Calendar, and more readily at our Surveillance Facebook page.

And feel free to invite us out too 😉

The AfroFuturist Affair is throwing our 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball: Dark Phase Space on November 9, 2013 at MythMedia Studios in Philadelphia! At the annual Ball we celebrate and bring awareness to AfroFuturistic culture with feature artists, authors, and performers who will present works and creations that use Afrofuturism and Sci-Fi as vehicles for expression, education, agency, and liberation. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Futurist Fund, a community grant dedicated to serving the needs of an underserved or marginalized member of the community.

We need your support to throw the Ball and fund our community grant!

The AfroFuturist Affair is
a community formed in Philadelphia in 2011 to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black sci-fi culture through creative events, community workshops, blogging, and creative writing. All proceeds from our events are used to fund the Futurist Fund Community Grant. The AfroFuturist Affair is also a founding member of Metropolarity.net, a 215 Speculative Fiction Collective.

The Futurist Fund is
a community, need-based grant established to provide a small amount of financial assistance to those in the community with an immediate and demonstrated need, and without other available funds or resources to meet that need. The Futurist Fund grant is awarded by The AfroFuturist Affair each year, with grant funds raised from non-tax deductible donations made through creative Afrofuturistic events held year round by the organization and other collaborative partners.

Since we started giving out the grant in November 2012, we have assisted a mother with past due bills after tragic deaths in the family, a young mother with severe health issues, and an individual in need of assistance with moving costs. We have also used the funds to provide sponsorship and community partnerships to a number of community events, including Psychic Windows Gallery with artist Joshua Mays at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts, the Philly Premiere of The Triptych with AfroPunk and MythMedia Studios, and Rockers! 3rd Annual BBQ Weekend.

The Annual Ball provides a platform for artists, authors, musicians, visionaries, and performers of color who purposely create with science fiction and afrofuturistic themes and mediums. Artists who feature at the AfroFuturist Affair Carity & Costume Ball are diverse in their theories, topics, and modes of expression, but all of their work embody common afrofuturistic elements – paying homage to our histories, commenting on our present state, and envisioning our futures as people of color. Some of our past guests and sponsors have included:

Dja Dja N. Medjay, author of the science fiction novel, Renpet

Bill Campbell , author of Sunshine Patriots and Koontown Killing Kaper

Nicole D. Sconiers, author of a collection of speculative fiction short stories, Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair, and Rage

Napoleon Dolemite and the Signifying Monks

Visual Artist Lorna Williams

Intuitive Expressions

PSL Presidential Candidate of the US Peta Lindsay

Artists Rell Stylez of S.W.A.G

Designer Nit Ra Sit

DJ John Morrison
The Alien Architect

Philadelphia Printworks
feyasterling inc.
The Black Tribbles

Black Sci-Fi.com

Blu Dahlia

Funds also help to support other activities and endeavors of the organization, including our tumblr blog which promotes and supports Afrofuturistic culture, practice, and events around the diaspora, our free community workshops, and critical, creative writing on Black scifi and Afrofuturistic phenomenon.

You can see photos from our past Balls from 2011 and 2012.

Here is an interview with the Creative Director of The AfroFuturist Affair at a promotional event from the very first Ball in 2011:

Other Ways You Can Help

All donations are greatly
appreciated, but we understand that not everyone has the means to monetarily support. Your support by sharing this campaign on your social networking
sites is truly invaluable! We will also try to set up some sort of digital gift
for most shares, such as a .pdf of The AfroFuturist Affair mini-zine.

If you are interested in sponsoring, vending, or volunteering at the 2013 Charity & Costume Ball, please submit an email to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com. To share your ideas, talents, and proposed performances for inclusion in this year’s Charity & Costume Ball, please email afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by September 30, 2013.


More About The AfroFuturist Affair

The AfroFuturist Affair engages the community by cultivating a vehicle through which people can push beyond the confines of the mainstream narratives and stereotypes that have marginalized their interests, experiences, and their very existences and allows them to continue developing their identities in a comfortable and safe space with people of like minds. The project also provides a space for individuals of color with similar experiences and interests in Afrofuturism, fantasy, science-fiction, and speculative fiction to collaborate on a project that promotes and encourages their art and philosophies as connected with these themes. In the sense that Afrofuturism and speculative fiction is a medium for social commentary and a lens through which communities can shape evaluate or shape their futures, the project provides the space not only for further dialogue around these ideas, but for actual, practical implementation of these ideas as they serve social progress.

Black Tribbles and The AfroFuturist Affair present
OCTAVIA CITY 2

Thursday November 7th 8-11pm
LIVE BROADCAST on G-town Radio
www.GTOWNRADIO.com
Co-hosted by The Black Tribbles and Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair. Special Guest Host Gabriel Bryant of Stepping Into Tomorrow.

Musical soundscape provided by Shawanda Aura Spivey aka the one and only DJ AURA.

CALLING ALL AUTHORS….
Inspired by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author, the late Octavia Butler, OCTAVIA CITY presents original tales of Afrofuturism, science fiction fused with perspectives born from the African diaspora.

You are invited to submit your original story to be read aloud during this special broadcast by yourself (if available) or a local professional storyteller. Stories should time out no longer than 10 minutes. One submission per author. No pornographic or offensive material will be accepted.

Submissions should be emailed to OCTAVIACITY@gmail.com

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 25.

Authors selected for our April event are WELCOME to submit. HEY, RORIE!!!

We look forward to seeing you on the radio – GTOWN RADIO The Sound from Germantown!

Promo flyer illustration – ‘JAGUAR WRIGHT’ by Len ‘Cruze’ Webb aka BatTribble of Black Tribbles

COME CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF PHILADELPHIA PRINTWORKS’ FALL COLLECTION!

FRI OCT 18TH | 10P-2A | FREE

DJ OLUWAFEMI + LIVE SCREEN PRINTING FROM RECLAIM PRINT

HOUSE OF FUTURE SCIENCES
3213 TURNER ST
PHILADELPHIA PA 19121

SPONSORED IN PART BY THE AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR

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PPW: Philadelphia Printworks
THE AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR: The AfroFuturist Affair
RECLAIM: Reclaim Printshop
DJ FEMSTAR: http://mrfemstar.podomatic.com/