As a term, Afrofuturism appeared in the 90s to describe an Afro-American artistic movement which had found expression in science fiction, fantasy literature, music, the visual arts, comics and movies. Today, it is an inexhaustible field of academic, political, artistic and scientific research and production, incorporating elements from the black diasporic cultures of West Africa, North America, Britain and the Caribbean, making up a map of the Black Atlantic.
The talks, discussions and workshops programme will be held οutside the OCC (Epikourou 26 and Korinis 4, Athens centre), featuring the following artists: Rasheedah Phillips (Black Quantum Futurism), Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Louis Chude-Sokei, Reynaldo Anderson, A Guy Called Gerald, The Otolith Group, Black Athena, Tabita Rezaire, Nkisi, Abdul Qadim Haqq, Voltnoi, Quetempo.
Organized by the Onassis Cultural Centre, “Enter Afrofuturism” is a 6-day festival that uses concerts, talks, workshops and film screenings to map Afrofuturism as a cultural and political movement. Concerts will take place at the Center’s Main Stage, and at Six d.o.g.s., with the participation of artists including: Sun Ra Arkestra, Actress, Dopplereffekt, Moor Mother, A Guy Called Gerald, Voltnoi, ATH Kids, Nkisi, Black Quantum Futurism, Black Athena.
Participating in the lectures, discussions, and workshops to take place outside the Onassis Cultural Center are: Rasheedah Phillips (Black Quantum Futurism), Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Louis Chude-Sokei, Reynaldo Anderson, A Guy Called Gerald, The Otolith Group, Black Athena, Tabita Rezaire, Nkisi, Abdul Qadim Haqq, Voltnoi, Quetempo.
In cooperation with the Athens and the Johannesburg Goethe Institut, the “Enter Afrofuturism” festival also includes screenings of short films, documentaries and virtual reality films which explore Afrofuturism through the history of black music. Jazz, Detroit techno and the contemporary music production in Africa’s metropolises are some of the featured subjects.
Where: Onassis Cultural Centre, multiple locations
When: November 7-12