SYMPOSIUM: Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and indigenous projections

 

1.45-8PM, Wednesday 2 May 2018

Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street London SW1P 4JU

This afternoon symposium brings together researchers and practitioners whose work engages with the themes of Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futures, and other emerging areas of science-fictional/future-orientated cultural practice in which people of colour, indigenous cultures and non-Western subjects take centre stage.

Speculative design will be addressed in terms of its ability to raise problems, rather than solve them. As a tool for speculation, it opens up spaces for presenting problems, to model alternatives, and to generate imaginative responses. It will be explored in relation to cultural practices including art, comics and science fiction writing.

SCHEDULE

13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.15 Introduction to symposium proceedings

Dan Byrne-Smith

14.20 – 15.05 Keynote

Afrofuturism: Imaginaries, Realities and Practices

Professor Julian Henriques

15.10 – 15.55 Designing a Black Futurity

Florence Okoye

16.00 – 16.45 Finding Fatima: An exercise in location

Natascha Nanji

16.45 – 17.15 Break
17.15 – 18.00 Make It So: World-building in–and out of–Cyberspace

Skawennati

18.05 – 18.50 Keynote

This Is Not My Beautiful House: Reclaiming Our Futures from a Techno-Orientalist Vision

Kelly Kanayama

18.50 – 20.00 Drinks

This symposium is convened by Dr Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art theory, Chelsea College of Arts and presented by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.

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