There is a tendency to focus on Afrofuturism as solely offering an alternate future or past, but what is also really important is how it critiques the present and especially the genealogy of now. Moor Mother addresses those issues as one half of the literary and artistic collective Black Quantum Futurism. Through BQF’s theoretic framework and her own creative process, Moor Mother’s work explores the importance of practical (artistic) work and ways to legitimise cultural knowledge. We will hear more about her practice in a live interview on the Academy stage.
Somewhere between presentation and performance, Rolfes, wearing a motion-capture suit, sketches the outlines and contorted intersections of VR directorial story-play and combines them with expressionist 3D puppetry. In the process, he attempts to dodge the pitfalls, perils, and obstacles of eye-candy esotericism for modern experimentalists. A 3D stage fight against the increasingly rapid iteration of the technology that prevents us from fully comprehending the context or utility of our tools, this presentation is both a report on Rolfes’ semi-improvisational use of deformed absurdity across media as an aesthetic stun device and an audit the formalism fetish of new media. Blockchain technology may or may not be mentioned for additional academic clout.