2014: This Isn’t About the Future: Black Digital Culture Now
This conference was held on Nov. 14-15, 2014 at REDCAT and The West Hollywood Library
Afrofuture is today, so instead of scanning the horizon for the Mothership,
this two-day, multivenue conference brings urgency to address happenings on the
ground right now. Featuring scholars, writers, and artists, This Isn’t About
The Future: Black Digital Culture Now addresses sousveillance, Black Twitter,
genealogy, AutoTune and Vocoders, getting Embedded, Post- and posting, the
digital body in art, the racial narrative of facial recognition software,
activism, and more. This conference, curated by CalArts faculty member, Douglas
Kearney, is driven by a need to acknowledge but also to question.
presence in our present? What does the digital mean for historically black
sites of social performance including passing, code-shifting, signifyin(g), and
other forms of hiding in plain sight? How do we understand diaspora, today? If
the digital has so profoundly shifted us, is it time we found a new North Star?
Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15
West Hollywood Library
Bryant and Thomas