Talks / Workshops

BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM: Online Reading Sessions

Temporary Gallery, Online , United States
16 Feb 2021

Image: Tamara Lorenz

Image: Tamara Lorenz

Recent studies have shown that due to our increasingly digitized lifestyle we are losing focus after about eight seconds. This is less than the average attention span for the notoriously poorly concentrated goldfish. To combat this condition, Temporary Gallery introduces this season, a new informal, (self-) educational initiative – reading sessions. Their goal is to deepen and intensify discussion of the themes related to contemporary art and art theory as well as the program of Temporary Gallery.

This series of reading sessions is dedicated to the artistic practice of Black Quantum Futurism an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips. Together with Black Quantum Futurism the audience will analyze texts, listen to music and explore the visuality of the collective’s fascinating work.

Founded in 2014, it weaves quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound to present innovative works and tools offering practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes, and the digital matrix. The research projects of BQF focus on  the recovery, collection and preservation of communal memories, histories and stories to develop and enact a new spatio-temporal consciousness. The collective has created many community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films and zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab.

Online Reading Sessions
Tuesday 16.02, 8 p.m. CET

In English
The gathering will happen through the internet platform called Zoom.
In order to participate, please register under the following link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the texts to read in advance.

A music playlist on the Youtube account of Temporary Gallery that you can access before the actual session starts:

To watch the film Space Is The Place (1974) by Sun Ra that evolves around the notion of ’Alter Destiny’ is also recommend to watch. You will find it in the playlist as well.

Please read the texts in advance. The texts will be sent to all participants after registration.

The admission to every reading session is free, but a donation to the institution is welcome. Even small donations count. More information  here
In case you need a donation certificate, please write to:


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