Paratext #59 with Black Quantum Futurism


The next Paratext session will take place on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Hangar’s Sala Ricson.

For this occasion Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, will introduce Black Quantum Futurism, winners of the Collide Residency Award, who will share part of their research developed in the framework of the Collide programme, one of the central programmes of Arts at CERN, which is developed together with the Barcelona City Council and Hangar.

This name, Paratext, hides a monthly program of performances by artists in residence at Hangar as well as artists on exchange grants. They present, in different formats, specific projects or parts of their work. The sessions are always open to the public with the purpose of enabling interaction with the artists themselves. Each Paratext also has an editor who will later publish his or her impressions of the presentation on this blog.

On this occasion, Tania Safura Adam will be the editor.

Black Quantum Futurism (based in Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips that weaves quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound and creating counterhistories and Black quantum womanist futures that challenge exclusionary, mainstream versions of history and future.

Black Quantum Futurism has created a number of community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films, zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab and the Black Woman Temporal Portal.

BQF Collective, as part of the program Collide, is a 2020 CERN Artist Residents,2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellow, 2021 Knight Art + Tech Fellows, 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee, 2018 Solitude x ZKM Web Resident, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, 2017 Pew Fellow, 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, and a 2015 artist-in-residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange. BQF has presented, exhibited, and performed at Red Bull Arts NY, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Village of Art and Humanities, Manifesta 13 Biennial, ApexArt NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vox Populi Gallery, Painted Bride Arts Gallery, Open Engagement, MoMA PS1, ICA London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more.

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, teacher, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt,Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more.Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss.

Rasheedah Phillips is a queer housing attorney and policy director, parent, interdisciplinary artist, writer, and cultural producer. Phillips is the founder of  The AfroFuturist Affair, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Speculative Fiction Collective and co-creator of Community Futures Lab.


Attendance is free of charge. Limited capacity. You are required to book your place HERE.

The event will be held in accordance with all security measures.

With the support of:

Image: Black Quantum Futurism,”Temporal Disruptors Watches”, 2021(serie 3 de 11). Ancestors Returning Again, This Time Only to Themselves exhibition, Hatfield House (Fairmount Park Conservancy), Philadelphia, PA . Photo: Albert Yee.

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