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AFROFUTURA: AN ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERIMENT
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Theme: The Experiment - Take me back to the future that never came. Objective: Experimental Play and Prospection We ask participants to contemplate growth and development as a personal AND communal practice infused with technology, curiosity, experimentation, play, and discussion. Featuring: Music Virtual Reality Film screenings Think tank discussions Hands-on workshops Giveaways FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) What's the day gonna look like? We'll have stations where you can watch films and chat, demo technology in virtual reality, engage in community and urban planning workshops, experiment with music technology and take hands-on classes, and win some prizes too. What is AfroFuturism? Most times when people think of AfroFuturism as a concept, they think of science fiction, cosplay, and/or Egyptian mythology transported into a distant future. We believe that AfroFuturism is deeper and more complex than that. To contemplate and envision a future is one of the hallmarks of humanity. It is an ability and practice that people of African descent have understood and fought for throughout our history. According to this definition, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Kwame Nkrumah, Fannie Lou Hamer, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and countless others can all be considered AfroFuturists. What's the purpose? NYC is hard. Oftentimes, we get so focused on making money to survive that we forget how vital play and experimentation is to creativity. We want to focus on creation not production for consumption. We aim to focus on humans over capital. So AfroFutura is an attempt to carve out time in our hectic schedules to contemplate a future for ourselves, our families, and our communities, to expose our community to emerging technology as a means of empowerment. Do I need to RSVP? Yes, please. The space itself is finite, as are slots for the hands-on workshops. We also want to plan on how much food and drink we'll need to provide for the day. Visit us at www.growhousenyc.org