Alumni Concert Hall, CFA building, CMU
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The performance location in the Alumni Concert Hall, CFA building, CMU
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and made possible in part by the Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series. This event is a part of the Impossible Music exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon, with Stavia Grimani at Miller ICA.
Join us for an interactive experience with Black Quantum Futurism's installation in the Impossible Music exhibition. This performance centers on BQF's unique altars that delve into Black temporalities and quantum concepts, from challenging linear timelines to understanding the cyclical nature of time. "Altar 2: Quantum Chronolith" also serves as an entry point to explore the complex histories and futures of historic all-Black towns, offering attendees the opportunity to engage with and redefine their own understandings of time and space.
Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips that weaves quantum physics and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound and creating counterhistories and Black quantum futures that challenge exclusionary, mainstream versions of history and future. Black Quantum Futurism has created a number of community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films, zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab and the Black Woman Temporal Portal. BQF Collective is a 2022 Creative Capital Fellow, Arts at CERN Artist Residents, 2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellow, 2021 Knight Art + Tech Fellows, 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee, 2 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, and 2017 Pew Fellow. BQF has presented, exhibited, and performed at documenta fifteen, Counterpublic 2023, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Manifesta 13, ICA London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more.
Image credit: Black Quantum Futurism performing at Loophole of Retreat: Venice, October 8, 2022. Photo by Glorija Blazinsek.