Black Quantum Futurism

Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary creative practice formed circa 2014 between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips weaving quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, space, ritual, and sound to create practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes, and the digital matrix.

The two artists of Black Quantum Futurism stand in front of a white wall.

Black Quantum Futurism, 2021, photo: Chris Stitch

Through writing, film, visual art, performance, sound, socially engaged art, printmaking, and creative research, BQF explores the intersections of futurism, temporality, DIY technology and aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities. Repurposing the language and imagery of science and science fiction, BQF uncovers counterhistories, Afrodiasporic mythologies, and Black quantum womanist futures that challenge exclusionary, mainstream versions of history and future. 

BQF has created a number of community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films, and zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab and Community Futurisms project. BQF Collective is a 2021 Knight Arts + Tech Fellow; recipient of the 2021 Collide Residency Award, CERN; 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee; 2018 Solitude x ZKM Web Resident; and a 2015 artist-in-residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange. BQF has presented, exhibited and performed at  SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2021); Manifesta 13, Marseille (2020); Squeaky Wheel Buffalo (2019); Le Gaite Lyrique, Paris (2018); Serpentine Gallery, London (2017); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2017); MOMA PS1, New York (2017); and Bergen Kunsthall (2017), and among others.   

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Black Quantum Futurism