This Thursday join the Studio Museum for a panel discussion featuring Naima J. Keith and Zoe Whitley, co-curators of “The Shadows Took Shape,” Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and Paul D. Miller as they discuss the scope of how Afrofuturism is understood today, from the novels of Samuel Delany and Nalo Hopkinson and Sun Ra’s film “Space is the Place” (1974) to blogs such as The AfroFuturist Affair and the stylings of recording artist Janelle Monáe.
In 1998, Alondra Nelson created afrofuturism.net, the pioneering LISTSERV dedicated to facilitating discussions around theories of Afrofuturism, its aesthetic qualities and the politics therein. Soon after, she invited Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid as the first guest moderator. In 2002, she was commissioned to edit an issue of Social Text dedicated to Afrofuturism, igniting an academic interest in science-fiction and fantasy literature and art of the African Diaspora.
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Image: John Akomfrah, Memory Room 451 (video stills), 1997
Went into the archive, spent some time re-reading Anna Everett’s essay in Afrofuturism. Took these notes:
- 1827, Freedom’s Journal founded
- 1991, Nigerian at Dartmouth College starts forwarding to friends email news about his home country (Bastian 1999;…