Friday, February 17, 2012

AfroFuturism: A Perfomative Lecture

GriotWorks, Misty Sol, Sanctuary Wholistic Arts, and The AfroFuturist Affair Present:

AfroFuturism: A Performative Lecture

AfroFuturism: A Performative Lecture
will feature six women moderator and panelists who will demonstrate and discuss how their creative work and advocacy work incorporate AfroFuturistic elements, and how they will continue to use AfroFuturism as a tool and mode of expression in future projects.

The panelists and moderator will explore the ways in which AfroFuturism as a culture has emerged to render a portrait of the collective history, the present events, and the future prospects of people of color, where heretofore our stories have been skewed, misrepresented, and diminished in the mainstream social narrative. The panelists will sample from the visual, sensual, and literary pallets of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic, to consider what Blackness means throughout space and time, across the world and through the universe, and what our collective roles will be in shaping the eternally-unfolding future of humanity.

Featured Panelists and Topics include:

Rasheedah Phillips - Rasheedah Phillips, an attorney at a non-profit legal organization, is the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic culture and aesthetic and Black sci-fi through creative events and creative writing. She is currently working on completing her first spec-fic novel, Recurrence Plot. Rasheedah has also had a short fiction piece published in an anthology titled “Growing Up Girl” (edited by Michelle Sewell), and inspirational essays published in Sister to Sister: Black Women Speak to Young Black Women (edited by Beth Johnson) and “Professor May I Bring My Baby to Class” (edited by Sherrill Mosee). Rasheedah will be presenting on Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and memory as a time machine.

Cheryl Durgans - Visual artist and writer Cheryl Durgans plans to briefly outline her interest in the merging of the creative process and Afrofuturist theory, and have an excerpt of her novel read by poet Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Durgans interest as a writer is based upon her interest in physical and abstract movement as it pertains to survival, and the ever evolving and changing identity of African culture in the Diaspora. Titled Cosmic Comic Book Visions of a Lost and Found Girl in a Grown-ass Woman: Memoir of the Universe, Durgans’ evolving graphic novel examines the concept of identity in the past, present and future. The book tells the story of Universe, formed by God to create all things. God has informed Universe that humans are messing up everything, that if Universe can’t get a handle on her creations, the humans will be destroyed.

Jos Duncan - Jos Duncan is a storyteller and media maker who focuses on using fantasy, futurism and fable in her oral and digital narratives as a means for progressive thought about people of the African Diaspora. Her work includes the writing and producing a series of Urban Fantasy and Superhero plays for children and the recent production of Village: An AfroFuturistic Fable. Jos will share her methods in creating work as a tool for community building and social change. Please visit Jos at

Misty Sol - Misty Sol is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice blurs the lines between art, scholarship, education and mysticism. Her poems, songs, stories, plays, workshops, pictures and sacred objects combine to create an afrofuturist gumbo that smells a lot like dreaming out loud. Misty's stories have been published in an anthology of young adult literature titled, From Where We Sit. Her latest work for the stage, American Nigga Zoo investigates the relationship between spectacle, captivity and racism. Most recently her work has taken the form of illustration for a children's book, Little Myrtle, available in Spring 2012. You can find more of Misty Sol's work at

Charlyn Magdeline - Charlyn Magdaline is an interdisciplinary artist, healer and a mother of 3. Her work is allegorical and as she responds to the highly nuanced social issues|constructs that impact us she means to practice her greatest art; alchemy. To articulate and challenge cultural values and perceptions when necessary, and to relay messages of social justice through fostering dialogue among her diverse following, she often uses her own body as a canvas and focal point of her art. Charlyn's lecture will focus on the concept of creation "myth"|cosmology and will incorporate the reproduction process (birth of a human) partnered with the development of a human body/mind/spirit based on what they experience.

Panel Moderator:

Li Sumpter - Currently a doctoral student in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Sumpter’s research applies archetypal, aesthetic and quantum theories toward understanding humankind’s existential condition in the 21st century. She believes our future trajectory through the multi-verse is fundamentally shaped by collective participation in a mythic paradigm that supports a corresponding reality. In her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time, Sumpter examines the impact of apocalyptic art and media on psyche and the phenomenological world.

Afrofuturism: A Performative Lecture will be held on March 24, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm at Sanctuary Wholistic Art Gallery, located at 319 N. 11th St. Philadelphia, PA (entrance on Wood Street). Suggested donation is $5-10. Refreshments will be available.

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Alicia said...

Rasheeda, this sounds like a really awesome event. I hope it turns out nice. I'd love for you to put up video of it. :)

Immortal: Science Fiction Imitates Life said...

Hi Rasheedah: AfroFuturism sounds amazing! I only wish I was going to be in the area. But I wish you much success and I'll definitely tweet it on the grapevine :).