Behind and Ahead of the Times:
Histories and Futures of Black Futurity
In an allegedly Post-The Black experience(s) in the United States cannot easily be extracted from how we are collectively situated in time: it is shaped simultaneously by the weight of past and present oppressions and the precarity of our futures. White supremacy would have us believe that Black people are "behind the times" economically, socially, and otherwise; time shapes constructions of race and Blackness; our time is literally worth less than others' on the labor market; time is an instrument of carceral punishment; the time for justice is never now.
Still, Black folks—designers and non-designers alike—demonstrate an enduring commitment to constructing thriving, expansive Black futures. By troubling the definition of "design," this talk addresses Black futures of yesterday, today and tomorrow, radical imagination, and emergent strategies in Black design, whether acknowledged by the canon or not. From traditions in Black speculative futuring like afrofuturism, to the ubiquitous acts of future-building that Black Americans undertake on a daily basis, to the role of Black designers in mainstream industry, we'll explore the ways in which Black folks have troubled this liminal time-space we occupy through design and explore the implications of that lineage for the future of Black design.
- AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People Edited by Jeffreen Hayes. Foreword by Chana Sheldon. Text by Leslie Guy.
- Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by György Kepes
- The prodigious builders by Bernard Rudofsky
- The First Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes
- Entangled Life: HOW FUNGI MAKE OUR WORLDS, CHANGE OUR MINDS & SHAPE OUR FUTURES by Merlin Sheldrake
ARTICLES & LINKS
- Poor Meme, Rich Meme by Aria Dean
- Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide
- Floodlines: The story of an unnatural disaster. Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II.
- Romi Ron Morrison Gaps between the digits. On the fleshy unknowns of the HUMAN
- The 1619 Project
- Parliament Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (docu 2005)
- Cosmic Slop (1994) | The Funkadelic Twilight Zone | Afrofuturism Classic
- Red, White and Blue
- Ancestral Medicine
- The Co-Constitutive Nature of Neoliberalism, Design, and Racism
- Race is never far from the surface: Lesley Lokko on quitting New York
- Sk8 Liborius in St. Louis
- Still Going during the Pandemic
- Residual Black Data by Ron Morrison
- Garrett Bradley's Time Documentary