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What is Afro Futurism?

Speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and
addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century
technoculture---and, more generally, African-American signification
that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced
future---might, for want of a better term, be called Afrofuturism.

From "Black to the Future" by Mark Dery

The AfroFuturism listserv will explore futurist themes in black
cultural production and the ways in which technological innovation
is changing the face of black art and culture.

From the Afrofuturism website homepage

cultural production that simultaneously references and past of
abduction, displacement and alien-nation; celebrates the unique
aesthetic perspectives inspired by these fracture histories; and
imagines the possible futures of black life and ever-widening
definitions of "blackness".

From the Afrofuturism listserv homepage

Afrofuturism or Afro-futurism is an African American and African
Diaspora subculture whose thinkers and artists see technology and
science fiction as a means of exploring the Black experience and
finding new strategies to overcome racism and classism.


The Afro-Futurism zone is a place where the issues that have come
to be defined as core aspects of African-American ethnicity and its
unfolding in the American disappeared, replaced by a zone of
electromagnetic interactions - simulations, coded exchanges of
ideology... legacies of displacement translated into the binary
space between the algorithms electro-modernity together. Urban
culture, transitory flows of identity along the lines of flight
demarcated by the streets, the lights, the sounds, the
representations that hold it all together.

From "Afro-Futurism: A Statement of Intentions--Outside In, Inside
Out" by Paul Miller aka D.J. Spooky that Subliminal Kid

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