Future|Journeys: Afrofuturism at WoWfest

Date: 21.5.16
In Partnership with AfroFutures_UK & Next Stop New York 

Join us for a day of conversation, art and creativity as we weave the stories of our past to create visions of the future.
 
Inspired by the work of Afrofuturist artists, writers and musicians like Octavia Butler, George Clinton and Janelle Monae, Future|Journeys looks at how we can find new ways to express the voices of the marginalised, exploring race and gender as alternative technologies for creating new ways of co-existing. We want to explore how our journeys through the past impact our journeys into the future. What kind of a future is it that we want to live in? What kind of a future will we end up living in? How do we answer these questions as a community?

Why not attend one of our guest panels to hear about the common links between speculative fiction and the black imagination, how afrofuturist music and art has inspired sci-fi in music and TV. How about the story-telling workshop led by Nikki Norton Shafau. You can also join our Future|Journeys Art+Tech Jam as we knit our experiences and dreams using story telling, art and technology to create a unique Future-piece, a collaborative artwork which you can help shape for future generations. Feauturing Ytasha Womack, Nikki Norton Shafau, Jon Daniel, James Medd, Ikechukwa Nzeribe, Olu Niyi Awusosi, Florence Okeye and Christopher Lutterodt - Quarcoo.

 
  

  

Details
Venue: District, 61 Jordan St, L1 0BP 
Date: Saturday 21st May 
Time: 1pm
Tickets: £5/3 BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Activities


Time

Event

Guests

Description

13:20

Introduction

Mike Morris/Madeline Heneghan/Florence Okoye

Introduction to the day and events

13:30

Panel

•Ytasha Womack


•Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo


•Nikky Norton Shafau


•Jon Daniel

 Join Ytasha Womack, Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcooand Nikky Norton Shafau and Jon Daniel who will be discussing the theme and genre of Future Journey’s and Afrofuturism.

14:30

Break

   

14:30 - 17:15

Our Future|Journey/FuturePiece

 

Throughout the day, guests will contribute to our collective art piece depicting our shared ideas of the future.

14:45 - 15:45

Arduino Workshop

James Medd

Come and learn how to create your own interactive tech-art with the Arduino combining electronics, coding and your imagination. All skill levels welcome! Equipment will be supplied. Led by James Medd from Arduino Manchester

14:45 - 15:45

Programming/Games design Workshop

Ikem Nzeribe

Join the MossCode team with their programming workshop. Learn how to create your own coding projects, from web apps to games. Suitable for all who want to learn!

14:30 - 16:30

‘The Second Coming’ Workshop


Website:


http://www.cl-q.com/portfolio/the-second-coming/forum/2016

Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo

The workshop provides a space to discuss and explore the impact of inherited memory on the African-Caribbean diaspora. Particularly resonant given the Liverpool’s historical involvement with the 18th century slave trade, this will be a thought provoking experience, challenging us to think deeply about how community experiences can affect the way we navigate issues in the present and beyond.

14:30 - 16:30

‘Storybook’ Workshop


Website:


http://www.herstorybook.co.uk

Nikky Norton Shafau

Storybook is an interactive workshop where you will be invited to create a story of the self and reimagine how this can be used to inspire and channel new ideas about what we can achieve both on an individual and a community level. Led by Manchester based artist, Nikky Norton Shafau, we hope to take you on a journey of self-discovery.

15:30

Break

   

15:45 - 16:15

Afro Supa Hero by Jon Daniel

Jon Daniel

Exhibiting at the Liverpool Slavery Museum, Jon Daniel is an artist who draws on his experience growing up as a black kid in London during the 70s and 80s. He’ll be talking about his current exhibition ‘Afro Supa Hero’ and the people who have inspired and motivated him throughout his life.

15:45 - 16:45

Arduino Workshop

James Medd

Come and learn how to create your own interactive tech-art with the Arduino combining electronics, coding and your imagination. All skill levels welcome! Equipment will be supplied. Led by James Medd from Arduino Manchester

15:45 - 16:45

Programming/Games design Workshop

Ikem Nzeribe

Join the MossCode team with their programming workshop. Learn how to create your own coding projects, from web apps to games. Suitable for all who want to learn!

16:45 - 17:00

Plenary

•Florence Okoye


•Nikky Norton Shafau

Interactive art activity, collating the day’s work to create a physical vision of the future


The People behind Future Journeys - Afrofuturism at WoWFest

Joining WoW and flying all the way over from Chicago specially for this event is Ytasha Womack. Ytasha  an author, filmmaker, dancer and innovator. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism. Ytasha's book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture is all about Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and all social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. This book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists creating Afrofuturist works, the history of innovators in the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comic illustrators, painters, and DJs, as well as Afrofuturist professors, provide a firsthand look at this fascinating movement.
 
Ytasha is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and Rayla 2212. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director).  Her film Bar Star City (director/writer) goes into production this Spring. Find out more about Ytasha Womack here.

James Medd is an artist, musician, and maker. His work comprises entertainment, accessibility, and whimsy. He likes to make physical and digital things, for both fun and functionality. In the past he's made sculptures that move and respond to natural human input, inserted technology into some unusual places - including kettles and letterboxes - filtered opular culture down to morbid and inane minutiae, and transferred electronic circuits to canvas. @jamesmedd
 
Jon Daniel is a British-born, award-winning creative of African Caribbean heritage. Classically trained as a graphic designer. As one of the most prominent and recognised Black creatives of his generation, Jon has always been a strong advocate for the promotion of the rich historical legacy of African diaspora people. And when relevant, has taken every opportunity to ensure that the ingenuity and innovation of works by people of African diaspora heritage are rightfully recognised by the art, design and visual communications establishment. This ethos is currently most evident in his unique role as a regular columnist for the leading UK design publication, Design Week, where his monthly column "4 Corners" celebrating pioneering, established and emerging creatives from the African diaspora has proved to be a popular fixture in Design Week's editorial repertoire since it was launched in January 2013. 
 
Alongside his commercial work, Jon has also begun to forge a reputation in the cultural arena. Curating the successful "POST-COLONIAL: Stamps from the African Diaspora" and "JA50" exhibitions with global stamp emporium, Stanley Gibbon; Creating a large pop-up outdoor display of his "Jamaicons" exhibition; as part of the Brixton Splash 2012 street festival, which he also rebranded the same year; and his AFRO SUPA HERO exhibition based on his personal collection of Black action figures and comic books, which was on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2014,and will be exhibited at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool from 13 May –11 December 2016. Based in London, he is married with two children.
 
Nikky Norton Shafau is a bit strange, She wants to become a Storybook...After 10 years of #PoeticChaos (Poetry stages at Latitude & Big Chill festivals) #TheatreShaking (Playwrighting for National Youth Theatre & Royal Exchange) and #SoulBreaking (Theatre-making for Contact Theatre & MC Theater Amsterdam) she now embarks on a journey of transformation like no other ; weaving her narratives within the digital space and the hidden worlds within your city. Look out for clues... @storybooklook

Olu Niyi-Awosusi is a software developer and Javascript lover who first started coding on neopets. Olu is a lover of Markdown, SCSS and Bee and Puppycat and a fan of social enterprises, social networks and Socrates. As one of the organisers for London Node User Group, volunteer at ABI.London and member of Javascripthers, Olu has a diverse understanding of the field and incorporates her philosophy knowledge to the digital world. @oluoluoxenfree 

Biafran-Mancunian artist and developer, Ikechukwa Nzeribe runs Moss Code, an emerging computer science lab in the heart of our beautiful-but-deprived cultural heartland. Ikem runs coding lessons exploring all programming languages and making these skills accessible to everyone from debugging Javascript, to creating something new from first principles. Find out more about Moss Code and Ikechukwa's projects and events here. Join us on 21st May to discover more.

Florence Okeye started off as a sci-fi and fantasy geek whose earliest fantasies included living in a museum and decoding ancient texts. Inspired by astronomy and chaos theory, she chose to study Physics at University and has retained a keen interest in the mathematical sciences and the history of technology.
 
Currently working as a User Experience Designer, she’s interested in exploring the intersections of science, technology, design and history particularly from the perspective of social justice advocacy. Her involvement in Afrofuturism is mostly owed to childhood trips to Nigeria but owes much in part to writers and scientists like Melanie Blackman, Chinua Achebe and Neil deGrasse Tyson. She founded AfroFutures_UK to be a platform for collaboration and interdisciplinary research, finding new ways of making academia and technology both truly accessible and intersectional.

Plus...
AFRO SUPA HERO
Jon Daniel is an award-winning, independent creative director of African-Caribbean heritage. His fantastic array of historical, pop-cultural Black action figures, comics and games, taken from his personal collection, will be on display in the Afro Supa Hero exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool from 13 May – 11 December 2016.  
 

Afro Supa® Star Twins © Jon Daniel. Afro Supa® is a registered trademark owned by Jon Daniel. All Rights Reserved.
 
An exhibition celebrating Black role models and icons, will open at the International Slavery Museum from 13 May – 11 December 2016. Afro Supa Hero explores the importance of role models and icons in combating the legacies of racism and discrimination, providing a snapshot of a childhood journey to adulthood, shown through Jon Daniel’s personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. The exhibition will offer an insight into the experiences of a boy of African Caribbean heritage, on a search for his identity in the south west London of the 1960s and 70s. Now an award-winning, independent creative director, Jon in his late twenties, began collecting comics, games and action figures featuring positive Black role models of history and fiction, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood and his search for identity. There are more than 100 pieces in the collection today, collected over 22 years.

In the exhibition, real-life icons Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Nelson Mandela stand alongside Mr T and Lieutenant Uhura. Also on show are games, and comics including The Golden Legacy series, first published in 1966, featuring real-life icons from history, including Harriet Tubman, the African American Abolitionist and civil rights activist born into slavery and who escaped, and helped others to escape, using the Underground Railroad.  



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