Black to the Future: Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi

None at Cafe Erzulie

Wed, Sep 13 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

In this Olio we will analyze the roots, trends and important names involved in Afrofuturism, "an aesthetic that uses the imaginative strategies of science fiction to envision alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent."


Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu’s 2013-2014 Brooklyn Museum exhibit, “A Fantastic Journey” embodied several tenets of Black futurity. In fact, the placard for Mutu’s A'gave you (2008) described Afrofuturism as, "an aesthetic that uses the imaginative strategies of science fiction to envision alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent." Using this quote as an entrypoint, we will analyze afrofuturism’s roots, trends and MVP’s. This Olio will explore the works of seminal afrofuturist novelists Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor and Tananarive Due, examine select movie clips and musical selections from the likes of Sun Ra, George Clinton, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, and peruse the art of Renee Cox, Wangechi Mutu and Kara Walker. A resource list will be provided.

During this Olio free jazz musician Daniel Carter will be 'tuning into the vibrations of the atmosphere and mood of the evening' on his saxophone.

Teacher: Makeba Lavan
Venue: Cafe Erzulie
Add to Calendar Sept. 13, 20177:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 2017 America/New_York Think Olio | Black to the Future: Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi In this Olio we will analyze the roots, trends and important names involved in Afrofuturism, "an aesthetic that uses the imaginative strategies of science fiction to envision alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent." None

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