Experimental Time Order—Black Quantum Futurism

/ Opening @ 7:00pm

Talk / Workshop Sept 14, 3:00pm
Performance Sept 14, 8:00pm

Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips. Through their videos, publications, collages, sculptures, performances, and discursive events, BQF engage in community-based projects that draw from quantum physics and Black/Afrodiasporic cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. For this exhibition, BQF will present a body of their recent work that questions how we can manipulate and collapse space-time in order to imagine, see, and make manifest future realities in the present.

The exhibition will be complemented by a workshop/artist talk that further engages with BQF’s interest in DIY time travel and the duo’s artistic and activist practices. In their talk, they will be joined by Adam Rudder, from the Hogan’s Alley Society, who will act as a respondent and speak to the work HAS does with Vancouver’s Black community. That same evening, at 8pm, Black Quantum Futurism will make a performance in the Luxe.

Exhibition Brochure & Catalogue Essay

Formed in 2014, Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips, based in Philadelphia. BQF weave quantum physics, Afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text and sound to present innovative works and tools offering practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes and the digital matrix. In 2016, BQF founded Community Futures Lab, a community arts space in North Philadelphia. BQF is a 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee, 2018 Solitude & ZKM Web Resident, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, 2017 Pew Fellow, 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, and a 2015 artist-in-residence at Neighborhood Time Exchange, West Philadelphia. BQF has presented, exhibited and performed at Red Bull Arts, New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Philadelphia Art Museum; Open Engagement; MOMA PS1, New York; Bergen Kunsthall; Le Gaite Lyrique, Paris; and Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, among others.

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a musician, poet, visual artist and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, bell hooks and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss. In late 2016, she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni Records, and in 2017 she released The Motionless Present, commissioned by The Vinyl Factory x CTM. Recent festival performances include Borealis, CTM Festival, Le Guess Who?, Unsound Festival, Flow Festival, Rewire and Donaufestival.

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. is a Philadelphia-based practising legal services attorney, artist, cultural producer and writer. Rasheedah’s writing has appeared in Keywords for Radicals, Villanova Law Review, The Funambulist Magazine and other publications. Rasheedah is the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Spec Fic Collective, co-founder of Black Quantum Futurism, and co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab, which utilises themes of oral history, Afrofuturism and communal memory in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification and mass displacement. Phillips is a recipient of the National Housing Law Project 2017 Housing Justice Award, 2017 City & State Pennsylvania 40 under 40 Rising Star award, and 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. She is the self-published author of Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) (2014), and the editor of the anthologies Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. I (2015) and Space-Time Collapse I: From the Congo to the Carolinas (2016).

Adam Rudder was born in Vancouver and completed his Master of Arts degree in history at the University of Victoria, where he wrote about the Hogan’s Alley Black community in Strathcona. While completing his doctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana, he worked closely with the Afro-Slovenia community (that arrived to Yugoslavia with Tito scholarships) to raise awareness of African descent presence in Slovenia. He is currently adjunct faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Vancouver) and is co-chair of the Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS). HAS is committed to using archival research and oral histories to advocate for the revitalization of the former Hogan’s Alley Black community.