Afrofuturism & Spatial Practices
w/ Natasha Ruwona
In September 2020, Natasha Thembiso Ruwona presented a new chapter of their ongoing research Afrofuturism + Spatial Practices that employs Afrofuturism as a tool for exploring and imagining the formation of new worlds. Originally created for Rhubaba Gallery & Studio’s No School! program, Natasha has further developed the performance lecture and this iteration features reflections that consider music, sound and technology as being a part of Black geographical landscapes, while exploring dreams and what it means to be a myth.
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and curator. Their artistic practice is research based and investigates racialised spatialisation (in line with Black Feminist Geographies) via the processes of writing, digital art and performance.
A list of materials based on references in Natasha Ruwona's lecture and the discussion that followed.
Black to Techno, dir. Jenn Nkiru [view]
Space is the Place, written by Sun Ra, dir. John Coney
A Family Called Abrew, dir. Maureen Blackwood [view]
Black Atlantis, Ayesha Hameed [view]
In The Wake: On Being and Blackness, Christina Sharpe
Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book, Hortense Spillers
Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-modernity, Alexander G. Weheliye
Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture, Ed. Carol E. Henderson
Sun Ra: Myth, Science, and Science Fiction, Päivi Väätänen [read]
Sun Ra in Egypt, Tom Bogaert [read]
The Belly of the World: A Note on Black Women’s Labors, Saidiya Hartman
Ellen Gallagher - Coral Cities, Drexcyia Research Lab
‘Africa As an Alien Future’: The Middle Passage, Ruth Mayer
Souls of the sea, Jackie Kay [read]
Radical imagination is a necessary, sustaining force of black activism, Savonne Anderson [read]
Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Queer Imaginings of the. Middle Passage, Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley