The Futures of the African Diaspora
VideoconferenceIn the 1980s, the arts scene of the African diaspora saw the emergence of Afrofuturism, an aesthetic, literary and cultural movement that combined elements of science fiction with fantasy and magic realism in order to approach themes and questions regarding Africans dispersed throughout the world.
Through a series of videoconferences linking São Paulo, Johannesburg and New York, cities in three countries with representative Afro-descendant populations and artistic production, the tendencies and the concept of Afrofuturism are discussed.Today on the African continent, there appear to be tendencies toward continuity of this Afrofuturism or toward the generation of new forms of expression whose common characteristic is a utopia of a world without racism.
Through a series of videoconferences linking São Paulo, Johannesburg and New York, cities in three countries with representative Afro-descendant populations and artistic production, the tendencies and the concept of Afrofuturism are discussed in real time throughout the world, with the participation of local artists and their publics and contexts.
Some of the questions to be approached are: In which ways are the visions of the future of the continent and of the African diaspora elaborated through the language of contemporary art? How do the artists see the future and what are the discussions regarding the future of art? What artistic language can be created in order to address the questions of the future? What influence does the Afrofuturism movement have on the artistic scene today?
Ko dwo Eshun
Artist and theoristGreat Britain
Kodwo Eshun is an artist and theorist. He lectures in Contemporary Art Theory at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Researcher at the African Centre for CitiesSouth Africa
Rike Sitas is a researcher at the African Centre for Cities in South Africa. She has been involved in a wide range of art-related projects and has produced a number of solo and group exhibitions; video and interactive artworks; and public performances.
Poet, essayist and professorBrazil
A Doctor in Literary Studies, with a dissertation on theatre, post-doctorate at NYU on Performance Studies and Theories of Performance. Professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Director of Cultural Action at UFMG.
Sociologist and activistBrazil
Holds a Master’s in Political Science from PUC-SP, is a DJ, cultural producer and member of Sistema Negro (Black System) – a group of black DJs, artists and thinkers.
Producer, editor, and curatorBrazil
Member of the Frente 3 de Fevereiro, a transdisciplinary group focused on urban interventions, music, and documentaries, concerned with questions of race in Brazil and in the world. The manifesto of the Frente denounces how racial democracy is a mask that hides true discrimination.
Conceived and organized by Goethe-Institut São Paulo | Goethe-Institut Johannesburg | Goethe-Institut New York