To fund and successfully host AfroFutures_UK, a free multi-media exhibition and conference exploring the intersection of futurism and the black identity.
This October you can be a part of AfroFutures_UK, a FREE conference/exhibition in Manchester and the first of its kind. Our seminal event will be held at the Manchester Digital Laboratory on 10th October from 10am-6pm, and will combine art & technology to present new visions of black identity through presentations, spoken word, workshops, film screenings and live performances. The day event will also be followed by an AfroFuturist themed Drag Ball at Terrace NQ, with free entrance for all backers.
“If we don’t write ourselves into the future, we get written out of tomorrow as well” - Gabriel Teodros.
ART & SOUND
The exhibition will include paintings, collage, prints, sculpture and soundscapes, bringing together contemporary AfroFuturist artists from the UK and the US. The exhibiting artists include Nyasha Mangera-Lakew, Christina Fonthes and D. Denenge Akpem.
ENGAGING WITH TECHNOLOGY
Equally important to us is encouraging an active engagement with technology. In association with Arduino Manchester, there will be programming sessions and maker workshops, where we encourage people to get into coding and learn DIY tech skills in a fun and open environment. All levels are welcome as you will be joined by experienced tutors and volunteers from the local tech community.
Our workshops include an introduction to zine making led by Rudy Loewe and a Do-It-Yourself Time Travel/Quantum Time Capsule workshop Workshop workshop led by Rasheedah Phillips where you will discover the power of memory as a vehicle for time-travel and self exploration.
WHO WILL BE THERE
AfroFutures_UK will be hosting a range of artists and performers including Rasheedah Phillips, author of the Recurrence Plot and founder of the AfroFuturist Affair; the renowned academic Dr Reynaldo Anderson; Erik Steinskog from the University of Copenhagen; the artist Mary Ononokpono and zine maker Rudy Loewe.
And most importantly of all, we hope that you will be there too! The event will end with a grand panel where we invite everyone to participate and discuss ideas inspired by the various talks and screenings throughout the day.
Between our talks, we'll be showcasing performances in a variety of genres from spoken word to soundscapes. Hailing from the U.S., London and Manchester, our special guest performers include:
• Travis Alabanza •
BE A PART OF IT!
This is a completely free, open-to-everyone event, but we need your help. In total we have 21 guests who will be travelling in person or sending their work to us. Most of the guests are from outside Manchester and some are coming all the way from the U.S. to be a part of our event.
AfroFutures_UK is voluntarily funded and run. So far, our expenses have come to:
Guest speakers travel: £5600
Promotional material: £300
We need your help to raise at least £3000 so that we can support our guests by providing travel and accommodation bursaries. Together, we can ensure a wonderful free event for participants and artists alike. AfroFutures_UK promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking experience, bringing together new voices in art, activism and academia and we want you to be a part of that!
But, what is AfroFuturism?
Afrofuturism is a genre that blends futurism and speculative fiction with the aesthetics of non-Western and BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) cultures. Think of artists and musicians such as Janelle Monae, Octavia Butler, Sun Ra and Ellen Ghallagher who combined futuristic ideas and aesthetics with black and African cultures.
Our goal is to encourage engagement with Afrofuturism amongst young people to inspire new ways of thinking about technology and how it can be used as a tool of self-empowerment and social innovation.
What will I get out of it?
Everyone who contributes to our crowdfunder will receive an A4 print of the AfroFutures_UK poster and a badge. You will also be credited as a sponsor on our website. For those who donate over £10, you will also receive special edition printed copies of our mixed media anthology. You can find out more information by checking out our list of rewards.
As a sponsor, you will become part of the AfroFutures_UK family which means you'll be the first to get updates about future projects and events. It also means you'll be eligible for free ebook copies of future anthologies which will be released on a quarterly basis.
The AfroFutures_UK poster
So are you in?
We certainly hope so! AfroFutures_UK is already a growing collective and we are already planning other conferences, workshops and shows for 2016. By contributing to our crowdfunder, not only will you be contributing towards the growth of an exciting and local AfroFuturist collective but you will also be part of a contemporary global AfroFuturist movement.
For more information about our event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @AfroFutures_UK. You can find our program of events on our website. You can also get a free ticket here (just so we know how many to provide catering for). See you there!