Duane Deterville: The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture

Lecture | January 27 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist, writer, and visual culture scholar Duane Deterville delivers a presentation on the emergence of Afrifuturism (Deterville’s preferred spelling of what culture critic Mark Dery called “Afro-futurism”) and its manifestations in various media. Afrifuturism is the creation of speculative futures based in the black experience and advanced technology. Deterville details the origins of the concept in Pan-Africanist ideas and extends those ideas into graphic novels and comic books, contemporary art, film and video, Detroit techno music, and progressive jazz. He offers both a historical survey and a provocative inquiry on how the idea of Afrifuturism can be used as a tool for black liberation.