On October 24 2018, in celebration of Black History Month, the Art, Design and Media school at Birmingham City university was host of the Afrofuturism Workshop.
The workshop conducted by musician, writer, performer and festival director of AfroFlux and High Vis Street Culture festival, and last but not least afrofuturism advocate Juice Aleem was a space where student and participant learned and saw the black culture from another point of view.
The event, opened for mainly students and staff interested in the topic,was a great mixture of fashion , music media and philosophical ideas.
Afrofuturism it’s imagining how the world, especially Africa would have looked like without colonisation.
Said Mr Aleem, which went to strengthen his quote by using the multiple award winning Marvel movie “Black Panther”.
He explained how the technological advanced Marvel city of “Wakanda” combined with the ancient African cultures , displayed in the costumes and accent of leading roles , was a perfect example of what Afrofuturism is.
Afrofuturism was very popular in the 90’s , it had different advocates such as jazz composer Sun Ra, graffiti artist Rammellzee, and novel writer Olivia Butler, that used their art to promote the black cultured by linking it to the sci-fi .
Afrofuturism for many 90’s artist was just escaping the norm
Said Mr Aleem.
Even if not with a very strong impact as it used to have, Afrofuturism is still alive today, and we still have well known advocates, such as Janelle Monae and Eryka Badu.
The workshop was a great opportunity not only for Afrofuturism fans , but as previously said , it covered different sectors such as media, fashion, music. The event gave space for participant to create something that inspired in them a sense of Afrofuturism which had the chance to be featured in the zin magazine called Riff, published by the School of Media of the university.