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DeForrest Brown, Jr. & AbuQadim Haqq
Exhibition "Techno Worlds"

AbuQadim Haqq, Leo Rodrigues and Hector Rubilar, Drexaha breaking the chains of slavery © AbuQadim Haqq, Leo Rodrigues and Hector Rubilar

The Timeline of Black Exodus Technology

The Timeline of Black Exodus Technology (2021) is an audiovisual transmission from the illustrator AbuQadim Haqq and the rhythm analyst DeForrest Brown, Jr., conceptualizing techno artists from Detroit in a century-spanning, multi-generational epic tale of mythological science fiction. Set at the end of the future, painstakingly detailed artworks and stereophonic poetics converge in a rhythmic system, phasing between moods and scenarios at varying stages of the history of Black sonic warfare and the journey home, expanding on the world conceived in Haqq’s 30-page art book The Technanomicron (2008) and graphic novel The Book of Drexciya (2019) with Brown, Jr.’s book on the history of techno, Assembling a Black Counter Culture (2021).


DeForrest Brown, Jr. is an ex-American theorist, journalist and curator. He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music and is a representative of the Make Techno Black Again campaign. His work explores the links between the Black experience in industrialised labor systems and Black innovation in electronic music. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu; Primary Information will publish his first book, Assembling a Black Counter Culture, in 2021.

AbuQadim Haqq is a Detroit based illustrator, futurist, and the founder of Third Earth Visual Arts. Haqq’s artworks can be seen all over the world on classic Detroit Techno record labels such as Transmat and Underground Resistance. Most recently, he released a 76-page graphic novel entitled The Book of Drexciya that express the Afrofuturist mythology envisioned by James Stinson and Gerald Donald.