AND IN OUR FOURTH YEAR WE PRODUCED A BOOK

“…an unprecedentedly rich source for…current and relevant” science fiction

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.

120 pages
4.25″ x 7″

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

$13 USD IRL
$15 USD, free shipping in US, int’l +$

AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE & HERE

Request a copy at your local library.
Add it to your Goodreads here.
Ask a favorite book store to get it in stock.
For wholesale & bulk order inquiries, email metropolarity @ gmail.com

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ROCKERS BBQ WEEKEND WILL TAKE PLACE
AUG 27TH & 28TH 2016
WE CELEBRATE OUR 6TH YEAR DOING THE FESTIVAL!!
I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR SUPPORTING ROCKERS OVER THE YEARS IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO PROVIDE SO MANY WITH A PLATFORM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES.ROCKERS MONTHLY SHOWS MAY BE OVER BUT WE WILL CONTINUE EVERY YEAR WITH THE BBQ WEEKEND!!! THIS IS A WEEKEND FOR RECONNECTING, GIVING THANKS AND HAVING FUN. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE,
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DAY 1 AUGUST 27TH
2PM – 5PM BLACK WOMANS LIBRARY EVENT
READING BY RAS
Community Futures Lab

7PM RBW6 SHOW @yungcandystore

URSULA
https://www.facebook.com/ripursula/?fref=ts
ANDRE ALTREZ
https://www.facebook.com/andrealtrez/?fref=ts
PINKWASH
https://pinkwash.bandcamp.com/
THROWDOWN SYNDICATE (DC)
https://www.facebook.com/Throwdown-Syndicate-299281278982/?fref=ts
WHAT NERVE
https://www.facebook.com/whatnerve/?fref=ts
IRREVERSAL ENTANGLEMENTS
https://www.facebook.com/Irreversible-Entanglements-1222309981135873/
DJ MADAM DATA
https://www.facebook.com/madamdata/?fref=ts

AFTERPARTY Sofistifunk!!!
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DAY 2 AUGUEST 28TH BBQ – BBQ – BBQ

3PM -4PM COLLECTIVE ZINE MAKING WORKSHOP @communityfutureslab

SHOW & BBQ 4;20 – 8PM @communityfutureslab
RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS
https://www.facebook.com/AfroFuturistAffair/?fref=ts
JOHN MORRISON
https://www.facebook.com/JohnTheLiberator/?fref=ts
Distant//Damage
(Form space chumpy)
MIGHTY PARADOCS
https://www.facebook.com/Mighty-Paradocs-115554085164785/?fref=ts
SWARM
https://www.facebook.com/swarm.philly/?fref=ts
DJ MR. MANIC
https://www.facebook.com/mistermanic?fref=ts
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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VENDING OR HELPING OUT WITH THE RBW6 WEEKEND PLEASE
EMAIL SDFSBOOKING@GMAIL.COML

THIS IS THE WORK OF OUR OWN RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS OF THE AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR AND CAMAE AYEWA OF ROCKERS / MIGHTY PARADOCS / MOOR MOTHER

AKA

BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM COLLECTIVE

WHO WERE AWARDED A FELLOWSHIP AND WERE RECENTLY ABLE TO OPEN UP

COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB

at 2204 Ridge Avenue in North…

View of Ridge Avenue storefront, Community Futures Lab, Philadelphia (photo by Amanda Sroka)

“Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly” is a social practice, collaborative art, and ethnographic research project exploring oral histories, memories, alternative temporalities, and futures within the North Philadelphia neighborhood known as Sharswood/Blumberg. The area is currently undergoing a major redevelopment project after years of deep poverty, educational inequality, and high crime. “Community Futurisms” will document the redevelopment of Sharswood/Blumberg, through an multidisciplinary community art project that explores the intersections of futurism, literature, visual remixing, sound, and activism as art.

The goal of the Community Futures Lab is to collect, preserve, and share the Sharswood-Blumberg community’s memories and stories for future generations. We are looking for anyone who has ever lived in the neighborhood, and people who still live in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

A project of The AfroFuturist Affair/Black Quantum Futurism Collective, supported in large part by A Blade of Grass
http://www.abladeofgrass.org/fellow/black-quantum-futurism/
BQF Collective is inspired by afrofuturism, quantum physics, and african traditions of spatial-temporal consciousness. They weave science fiction realities with african concepts of time, ritual and sound to present innovative works that offer practical ways to escape time loops, oppression vortexes and the digital matrix.

This project is not affiliated with the Philadelphia Housing Authority or the City of Philadelphia

For more info, please contact:
communityfutureslab@gmail.com

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Black Quantum Futurism (BQF), along with the AfroFuturist Affair, both activist-oriented collectives celebrating and disseminating black science fiction culture, has opened a community resource space envisioned as a “time capsule” in Sharswood/Blumberg. The North Philly neighborhood has seen much socioeconomic strife over the years and is now undergoing a $526 million dollar redevelopment project that cleared thousands of residential units via eminent domain. The Community Futures Lab was created in response to this reality and is also asking the neighborhood what potential needs the lab can fulfill, from organizing housing resources workshops and skill-sharing panels to zine brunches and yoga classes. Located next to Temple University, the blocks around the lab are tempting land grabs for thirsty real estate developers — in this case, the Philadelphia Housing Authority — who want to wipe the slate clean of the poverty and inequality that have long plagued the area. But the city neglects to consider the chaos that the displacement of human beings and communities causes to the residents who are uprooted. Personal stakes are ignored and buried under the rubble in the name of profitability.

[…]

Black Quantum Futurism encompasses the work of the lawyer-activist-writer Rasheedah Phillips and musician-designer-photographer Camae Ayewa, as well as the efforts of others who have collaborated with the two artists. Phillips is the founder of the AfroFuturist Affair and published the Black Quantum Futurism manifesto, which proposes a creative and critical vision that values and rewrites black diasporic history through an Afrofuturist lens. She has participated in The Shadows Took Shape, the group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem that explored Afrofuturist aesthetics, as well as the yearlong Octavia Butler celebration at Clockshop in Los Angeles. Ayewa performs and tours as Moor Mother, a solo music project creating memorial soundscapes and what she calls “slaveship punk,” and cofounded Rockers! Philly, a festival devoted to marginalized artists.

In addition to her artistic practice, Phillips is the managing attorney for the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, which ties her intimately to the concerns of locals who are left helpless in the state of the current housing crisis. She also attended Temple University for both her BA and JD, and has lived about 10 blocks from Community Futures Lab for the last six years. Phillips says, “utilize me,” and wants her neighbors to know that she has a stake in Sharswood/Blumsberg and intends to facilitate change through civic engagement.

An Afrofuturist Community Center Targets Gentrification

THE GOINGS ON…

CFL has only been open a couple months and has already hosted mulllltiple events and received as many press write-ups. We’ll try to crosspost CFL events here, but the best way to keep up with what’s going on at the Lab is to follow them:::::

@COMMUNITYFUTURESLAB ON INSTAGRAM +

COMMUNITY FUTURES LAB BLOG +

/COMMUNITYFUTURESLAB ON FACEBOOK

 

THE PRESS SO FAR….

PHILLY VOICE | Race Against Time: A North Philly artist aims to document her disappearing community | 16 JUNE 2016

VIBE MAGAZINE | This Artist Collective In Philadelphia Is Documenting Gentrification In The Community | 17 JUNE 2016

GENEROCITY | Rasheedah Phillips’s Community Futures Lab in Sharswood is underway | 17 JUNE 2016

HYPERALLERGIC | An Afrofuturist Community Center Targets Gentrification | 22 JUNE 2016

WHYY | Bharatanatyam, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Afrofuturism (video, 26:49) | 26 JUNE 2016

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE | Spoken word history project opens in North Philly | 2 JULY 2016

APOLLO MAGAZINE | A whistlestop tour of Philadelphia’s contemporary art spaces | 6 JULY 2016

NODE CENTER | Black Quantum Futurism Theory & Practice | 13 JULY 2016

PHILLYCAM | Around the Corner: Afrofuturist Affair | 20 JULY 2016

HUFFPOST POLITICS LIVE | Rasheedah Phillips tells the truth about gentrification and displacement in Philadelphia, the site of the Democratic convention. | 26 JULY 2016

CENTER FOR THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS | The Community Futures Lab: Oral Histories, Oral Futures, and Quantum Time | 4 AUGUST 2016

 

WHAT’S COME TO PASS…

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So yeah yo, follow @communityfutureslab on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and if you want to stay abreast of Rasheedah’s many projects, events, and appearances in general, we definitely recommend subscribing to her FUTURE LIGHT CONE newsletter here.

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/

Sirius JuJu
David Xu Borgonjon
Rasheedah Phillips
Laboria Cuboniks
Anthony Monteiro
PANEL/QnA

from the SOTHIS platform for the advancement of intelligent life-forms:

Present (noun) “this period of time, not the past or the future; now”
Re- (prefix) “used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion”
Present (verb) “to give, show, provide, or make known”
-Ing (suffix) “Art is not a be-ing, but a Being, the simple noun. It is not the verb, but its product.” -Leroi Jones

$5-20 no one turned away

Sirius JuJu
David Xu Borgonjon
Rasheedah Phillips
Laboria Cuboniks
Anthony Monteiro
PANEL/QnA

from the SOTHIS platform for the advancement of intelligent life-forms:

Present (noun) “this period of time, not the past or the future; now”
Re- (prefix) “used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion”
Present (verb) “to give, show, provide, or make known”
-Ing (suffix) “Art is not a be-ing, but a Being, the simple noun. It is not the verb, but its product.” -Leroi Jones

$5-20 no one turned away

@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

The artist Sondra Perry hit us up one day with a collab idea: We write/record a critical writing component to go along with her project, #MyTwilightZoneThing, taking place at Recess Art in New York. A couple weeks later…

We had the great fortune to commission the critical writing for #MyTwilightZoneThing to METROPOLARITY, a collective of speculative fiction writers/artists/activists based/raised in Philadelphia. Their contribution “YOU HAVE 4 MESSAGES” includes 4 texts [and 3 audio pieces] written by RAS MASHRAMANI (@anti_gyal), Alex Smith (@theyarebirds), M. EIGHTEEN (@cyborgmemoirs), and Rasheedah Phillips (@afrofuturistaffair).
It’s incredible.

My Twilight Zone Thing builds upon the artist’s belief that the original show dismantles whiteness through the lens of science fiction. Although each episode of The Twilight Zone opens with the narrator (series creator Rod Serling) describing the mostly male, primarily white characters, these individuals go on to enter an alternate plane—a move that complicates the viewer’s ingrained ways of seeing and coding the characters’ physical realities.

Perry posits that the way in which the show scrambles assumptions around the characters’ bodies gives rise to multiple new possibilities for seeing and understanding their personhood. Perry will work with the collaborators to experiment with this dissolution of identity as they insert themselves into these narrated scenes. With only the original script remaining as a point of reference to the source material, the actors will have the opportunity to assume, mimic, or defy the externally prescribed characteristics, thereby taking advantage of the rift between representative structures and real bodies.

Download your copy at the link below!
http://www.recessart.org/metropolarity-you-have-4-messages/ (at Recess)

Or visit map to Recess Gallery in New York to grab a limited USB drive loaded with the goods + other tasty media morsels

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.

–>TODDLERS ON TOUCHSCREENS CAUSE THEIR FINGERS WAS BORN WITH IT — DRONE SURVEILLANCE OVER ALL YR BODEGAS — SUPERBACTERIA TALKIN BOUT FUCK YR PENICILLIN — SCI FI IS NO LONGER ONLY FOR THE FUTURE — SCI FI IS HERE ON YOUR FRONT PORCH — WE WANT YOUR FUTURE PRESENT — YOUR SCI FI REALITIES — THE FUTURE IS NOW <--

link to download METROPOLARITY FUTURE NOW ZINE SINGLE PAGE SCREEN FORMAT link to download METROPOLARITY FUTURE NOW ZINE DOUBLE SIDED PRINT FORMAT

COLLAB ZINE W/ WORK FROM::::::::::
+ IT IS OKAY by Laura Pollard
+ SPONSORED MESSAGES from grey nebraska
+ comments from Azeem Hill, Fred Pinguel, n Carolyn Lazard
+ BATTLEFIELD REPLICA SYMMETRY RETROSPECTA by Moor Mother Goddess
+ THE 40TH ST. CON by Skribbly LaCroix
+ CONSTANTEMIEDOCONSTANTE by Natis
+ DISTRICTS by Aja Beech
+ FLYBOYS by Billie Blazer
+ G.P.S. by Althea Baird

+ LIFE ONLINE WORKSHEET by Eighteen & Ras
+ PORTRAIT OF THE ACTIVIST AS A YOUNG SUPER-HERO by Alex Smith
+ BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM by Rasheedah Phillips
+ A YOUNG THUG CONFRONTS HIS OWN FUTURE by Ras Mashramani

Released in October of 2014 with work from Philly-based and Philly-born residents.
The print format of this zine is an 11″ x 17″ dimension printed on 8.5″ x 11″ size paper and trimmed by 0.5″ on the edges.
Print for your own pleasure but we request that anyone looking to distribute this zine contact us to ask & discuss first. Email metropolarity @ gmail dot com.

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.