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KUNSTHAL CHARLOTTENBORG ART CINEMA: OCT 20 - NOV 29, 2020
ONLINE HERE: NOV 2-16, 2020                                                                                                                  
               Still from exhibited work

©Black Quantum Futurism

©Angie Holiday

Black Quantum Futurism

BQF, 2015

In BQF’s video, a voice-over explains how they are a collective creating new ways to approach reality. They challenge the universalized and rationalized Western linear conception of time, as it frames our reality and controls our actions. Consequently, BQF insist on manipulating this temporality to create alternative futures.

 

Their central argument is based on the intertwined and plural temporalities in quantum physics as opposed to the linear conception of time. Western time is thus more unreal than the narratives about potential times from ancient African cosmologies. Therefore, BQF regards afrofuturistic science fiction as a speculative rethinking of the world rather than false fictions.
 

The sound of the video is accompanied by quantum physical visualizations and props from African cosmology. In between, film footage from residential areas in Philadelphia is shown, pointing to particular Afrofuturistic actions to free black people from the aftermath of colonialism and slavery.

                                                  

 

 Ida Schyum

cand.mag in art history

                                                             

 

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