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Speculative Futures of the Black Diaspora

Join us for an evening of short films by artists from across the African diaspora that engage the tropes of science fiction or magical realism to interrogate the past and imagine alternative futures. The screening will start at 7 p.m.

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May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm 11:30 pm

A space helmet among the weeds.

Relic 0, Larry Achiampong, 2017
Relic 0 is the first part of Larry Achiampong’s  Relic Traveller: Phase 1, a multi-disciplinary project manifesting in performance, audio, moving image and prose. Taking place across various landscapes and locations, the project builds upon a postcolonial perspective informed by technology, agency and the body, and narratives of migration.

Kempinksi, Neil Beloufa, 2007 
Named for the global brand of luxury hotels, this speculative documentary asks several Malians to recount their visions for the future.

H-E-L-L-O, Cauleen Smith, 2014
Nine musicians play the tones from Close Encounters of the Third Kind at significant sites of historical trauma and communal resistance throughout New Orleans.

Swimming in Your Skin Again, Terence Nance, 2016 
Set in Florida, this surreal film moves through swamps, a swimming pool, a church and the ocean, exploring spirituality and love against the backdrop of the rising oceans and increasing hurricanes.

Relic 1, Larry Achiampong, 2017
In this second film from the Relic Traveller series, a Relic Traveller wanders across a seemingly desolate United Kingdom. Uncovering fragments of audible data presenting clue-like testimonies to a forgotten Empire, the Relic Traveller soon finds themselves in an atmosphere that simultaneously delivers poetic moments of the sublime met with increasingly harrowing claustrophobia and tales of trauma. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts Lot adjacent to Digital Arts Research Center. For additional information and disability or access needs please contact


May 28, 2019
7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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