Artist Talk at Shinola Hotel
Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 2PM
Participating artists for the exhibition discussed their work, Afrofuturism and developing Afrofuture destinies. Moderated by curator Ingrid LaFleur
Quantum Womanist Futures, Black Space Agency + Communal Temporalities with Rasheedah Philips
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 4PM
Quantum Womanist Futures, Black Space Agency + Communal Temporalities is a lecture given by Rasheedah Phillips, founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, Black Quantum Futurism Collective, and founding member of the Metropolarity Queer Sci-fi Collective. Phillips is also the co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab project, a socially engaged art and research project that explores communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.
#betterthanwakanda with Onyx Ashanti
Saturday, August 10, 2019| 12PM
#betterthanwakanda is an exploration of sound, light, body, and movement using easily produced 3D printed sensors and wearable computers with creative technologist Onyx Ashanti. These wearable computers will transform people into the music they dance to. A beginner level workshop, participants will learn how to manage simultaneous toolsets using mind-mapping and notebook journalling and will get an overview of the tools used to create the interface.
Black Space: An interactive workshop exploring the future of Black Space with The Black School
Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 2PM
Imagining possibilities that center Black Love, Wellness, and Self Determination, The Black School welcomes a multi-generational audience to collectively imagine and construct models of communal spaces for optimal Black existence. The Black School is comprised of Joseph Cuillier and Detroit-born Shani Peters. A New York City-based experimental art school, The Black School uses black history to educate black and POC.
Decentralizing Power: New Economies, New Futures, New Power with Ingrid LaFleur
Thursday, August 15 | 6PM
Decentralizing Power is a workshop to reimagine economic systems through an Afrofuturist lens with curator Ingrid LaFleur. Taking a hyper-local approach, participants will explore tools such as blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and cooperative economics to develop economic strategies that empower their communities.
Manifest Destiny 2040 WorldBuild with Tony Patrick
August 16 - 18, 2019
Presentation on August 18, 2019 | 2PM
Over the course of three days with writer and world- builder Tony Patrick, Manifest Destiny 2040 WorldBuild invites selected participants to collectively envision Detroit’s near-future narrative, design infrastructures for black-bodied vitality, and produce outcomes for a 21st- century toolkit. At the end of the world build, participants will publicly present their creation. Tony Patrick is a prolific writer who has aired his short, Black Card, on HBO and Cinemax. He’s the co-writer of DC Comics’ Batman and The Signal (2018) and an alumnus of the 2016 DC Comics Writers Workshop and Sundance Institute’s New Frontier WorldBuilding Residency. Patrick is also the founder of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative, a New York- based organization that helps students build a foundation to overcome any adversity in life through playing and designing the games they love. Building that which was imagined relies upon individual skill sets and ingenuity but those skills are best utilized within a collective of like- minded people with a shared vision.