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AFROFUTURA is a FREE, all-day and all ages EXPLORATION 

designed to get EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

in the hands of underserved lifelong learners, 

AND most importantly to

get Black people thinking about technology

as a MEDIUM for CREATIVITY and  EMPOWERMENT.

 

DECEMBER 8th, 2018

noon to 8 pm


 

THE SPACE 

Shell’s Loft

13 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

 Shell’s Loft is owned and operated by a small but mighty team of rebel brown girls who are committed to nurturing and empowering our diverse community.

Shell’s Loft is owned and operated by a small but mighty team of rebel brown girls who are committed to nurturing and empowering our diverse community.

Afro-Futurism considers what “Blackness” and “liberation” could look like in the future, real or imagined. It is rooted in history and African cosmologies, using pieces of the past, both technological and analog, to build the future.
— D. Denenge Akpem, artist, activist, educator
 

THE INTENTION

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an experiment

TAKE ME BACK TO THE FUTURE THAT NEVER CAME

what would happen if we place humans over capital, connection over transaction, curiosity and creativity over production?

All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you.
 The only lasting truth
 is Change. God 
Is Change.
— Octavia Butler, writer
 

THE COLLABORATORS

session 1

noon - 4 pm

music by Synchro

      12:30 - 1:30 PM    Screening and Talkback led by Marta Effinger-Crichlow   Filmmaker and scholar Marta Effinger Crichlow will share an edit of her film “Little Sallie Walker” and spend time sharing with her process and perspectives.   www.littlesalliewalker.com

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Screening and Talkback
led by Marta Effinger-Crichlow

Filmmaker and scholar Marta Effinger Crichlow will share an edit of her film “Little Sallie Walker” and spend time sharing with her process and perspectives.

www.littlesalliewalker.com

        2:00 - 3:30 PM    There Goes The Neighborhood led by BlackSpace NYC   BlackSpace NYC will focus their workshop on the topic of heritage conservation in Black enclaves experiencing rapid gentrification.  Using the Just City Index as a framework, participants will think about design values and spatial values through the lens of people of color, in particular Black people that have been lost through time.  12 - 18 participants

2:00 - 3:30 PM

There Goes The Neighborhood
led by BlackSpace NYC

BlackSpace NYC will focus their workshop on the topic of heritage conservation in Black enclaves experiencing rapid gentrification.

Using the Just City Index as a framework, participants will think about design values and spatial values through the lens of people of color, in particular Black people that have been lost through time.

12 - 18 participants

 
  3:00 - 4:00 PM    Building Beats led by Chazmere   Chazmere Van Queen will conduct a hands-on walkthrough of the future beat making experience using various music instruments/software.  12 participants

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Building Beats
led by Chazmere

Chazmere Van Queen will conduct a hands-on walkthrough of the future beat making experience using various music instruments/software.

12 participants

    1:30 - 4:00 PM    NYC Media Lab XR Startup Bootcamp   NYC Media Lab is sending 2 teams from their XR Startup Bootcamp to share/demonstrate/discuss new developments in alternate and mixed reality.   They'll have a demonstration station throughout session 1, where you'll be able to experience their prototypes.  Open registration.

1:30 - 4:00 PM

NYC Media Lab XR Startup Bootcamp

NYC Media Lab is sending 2 teams from their XR Startup Bootcamp
to share/demonstrate/discuss new developments in alternate and mixed reality.


They'll have a demonstration station throughout session 1,
where you'll be able to experience their prototypes.

Open registration.

 

session 2

5 pm - 8 pm

music provided by Takashi Yama

 
      5:00 - 6:00 PM    Prototyping Realities led by Will Roberts   Will Roberts of Augmented Pictures will demonstrate how he uses virtual reality (VR) as a means to prototype space and alternate worlds.   Participants will get an opportunity to immerse themselves in his creations and talk with him about the uses of VR as a means of empowerment.  Open Registration

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Prototyping Realities
led by Will Roberts

Will Roberts of Augmented Pictures will demonstrate how he uses virtual reality (VR) as a means to prototype space and alternate worlds.

Participants will get an opportunity to immerse themselves in his creations and talk with him about the uses of VR as a means of empowerment.

Open Registration

        6:00 - 7:00 PM    MOOG Analog Synthesizer Master Class led by Takashi Yama   Featuring MOOG Mother 32 and Drummer From Another Mother hand-crafted Analog synthesizers.  Synthesizers have been used in Black music, creating signature sounds for Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic and more.  8 participants

6:00 - 7:00 PM

MOOG Analog Synthesizer Master Class
led by Takashi Yama


Featuring MOOG Mother 32 and Drummer From Another Mother hand-crafted Analog synthesizers.

Synthesizers have been used in Black music, creating signature sounds for Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic and more.

8 participants

  7:00 - 8:00 PM    Beats Cypher curated by Pushing Buttons Collective   Pushing Buttons Collective has curated a live beats cypher featuring exciting established and emerging sound artists and producers.  Open Registration

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Beats Cypher
curated by Pushing Buttons Collective


Pushing Buttons Collective has curated a live beats cypher
featuring exciting established and emerging sound artists and producers.

Open Registration

Iconic figures like Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X fought for Afrofuturistic societies. They imagined expansive and prosperous lives despite living within a world of peril. Today, Afrofuturist artists and creators dream up ideas of black lives beyond marginalization, misogyny, transantagonism, generational trauma, and other systems of oppression.
— Inverse
 

PRESS RELEASE

So often in our own lives, we have been written out of our histories, so we want to write our children into our futures ... we make sure that there is a place for them for when they come into imagining themselves in the future.
— Wanuri Kahui, writer and director
 
 

OUR SUPPORTERS

 Moog Music is the leading manufacturer of analog synthesizers in the world. Moog’s employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. Moog employs a group of wonderfully diverse individuals who share a passion for discovering elegant solutions that empower creative self-expression and joyous experimentation.

Moog Music is the leading manufacturer of analog synthesizers in the world. Moog’s employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. Moog employs a group of wonderfully diverse individuals who share a passion for discovering elegant solutions that empower creative self-expression and joyous experimentation.

 AfroFutura is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

AfroFutura is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

 Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology. They now have a physical home for VR and AR, spatial computing, and related technologies at the  RLab  in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology. They now have a physical home for VR and AR, spatial computing, and related technologies at the RLab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.