We Travel the Space Ways. Black Imagination, Fragments, and Diffractions

Henriette Gunkel / Kara Lynch (eds.)


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  • 2019
  • ISBN 9783837646016
  • 452 Pages
  • Paperback
  • 22.5 × 15 × 3 cm

A new take on Afrofuturism, this book gathers together a range of contemporary voices who, carrying legacies of 500 years of contact between Africa, Europe, and the Americas, reach towards the stars and unknown planets, galaxies, and ways of being. Writing from queer and feminist perspectives and circumnavigating continents, they recalibrate definitions of Afrofuturism. The editors and contributors of this exciting volume thus reflect upon the re-emergence of Black visions of political and cultural futures, proposing practices, identities, and collectivities.

With contributions from AfroFuturist Affair, John Akomfrah, Jamika Ajalon, Stefanie Alisch, Jim Chuchu, Grisha Coleman, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Abigail DeVille, M. Asli Dukan with Wildseeds, Kodwo Eshun, Anna Everett, Raimi Gbadamosi, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Milumbe Haimbe, Ayesha Hameed, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Kara Keeling, Carla J. Maier, Tobias Nagl, Tavia Nyongo, Rasheedah Phillips, Daniel Kojo Schrade, Nadine Siegert, Robyn Smith, Greg Tate and Frohawk Two Feathers.

Henriette Gunkel (PhD) is lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work focusses on the politics of time from a decolonizing, queer-feminist perspective. She is working on a monograph on Alien Time that focusses on Africanist science-fictional interventions. She is the author of The Cultural Politics of Female Sexuality in South Africa (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of What Can a Body Do? (Campus, 2012), Undutiful Daughters. New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and Futures & Fictions (Repeater, 2017), which was nominated for the 2018 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in the Critical Writing and Research category.

kara lynch (MFA) is a time-based artist living in the Bronx, NY who earns a living as an Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ambivalent towards hyper-visual culture, she is curious about duration, embodiment, and aural experience; and through low-fi, collective practice and social intervention lynch explores aesthetic/political relationships between time + space. Her work is vigilantly raced, classed, and gendered – Black, queer and feminist. Major projects include: `Black Russians‘ – a feature documentary video (2001), `The Outing‘ – a video travelogue (1999-2004), `Mouhawala Oula‘ – a gender-bending trio performance for oriental dance, live video, and saxophone (2009). The current project ‚INVISIBLE‘, an episodic, speculative, multi-site video/audio installation – excavates the terror and resilient beauty of Black experience.