Afro-Futurism is rooted in history and African cosmologies, using pieces of the past, technological and analog, to build the future. These works rethink and rework notions of identity; hybridity; the alien and states of alienation; belonging, immigration, migration; and the “vessel” both corporeal and metaphoric, symbolized as a vehicle for liberation. Afro-Futurism asks: what does “Blackness” or “liberation” look like in the future, real or imagined?And it makes me eager to get my hands on Krista Franklin's SEED (The Book of Eve): The Octavia E. Butler Artist Book. If any of y'all know anything about this book please do speak. It has a 2007 date.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Chicago and Afrofuturism
D. Denenge Akpem has written an article, “Are you ready to alter your destiny?”: Chicago and Afro-Futurism, Part 1 of 2, posted at Chicago Art Magazine. It begins "This Independence Day, let us consider a different kind of liberation: Afro-Futurism." It offers a definition of Afro-futurism: