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We welcome students, faculty, and staff to join us for this Afrofuturism-themed outdoor film screening of Sun Ra's Space Is the Place, immediately followed by Janelle Monáe's visual album, Dirty Computer (Emotion Picture).

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November 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm

From left to right: A man wearing a pharaoh's headdress with a glass globe on top, and a woman wearing a metal veil with an orange sphere behind her.

Afrofuturist Film Screening: Space Is the PlaceDirty Computer
November 2, 7-10:00p.m.
Porter College Quad, UC Santa Cruz
This event is limited to the campus community and not open to the public. 
Some folding chairs will be available. You are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or cushion to sit on. Bundle up as the weather may change rapidly!

about the films to be screened

Sun Ra, Space Is the Place, 1974

Science fiction, blaxploitation, cosmic free-jazz and radical race politics combine when Sun Ra returns to earth in his music-powered space ship to battle for the future of the black race and offer an ‘alter-destiny’ to those who would join him. Intentionally created as an homage to the low-budget science fiction films of the 50’s and 60’s, Space Is The Place became a visual embodiment of Sun Ra’s Afro-Egyptian myth of salvation in outer space. The special effects, outrageous plot line and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history. This is the director’s cut of the 1974 film production restored to its original 82 minute length.

Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer (Emotional Picture), 2018

A visually stunning story of a young woman named Jane 57821, who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as “computers.. A timely and poignant Emotion Picture, Dirty Computer explores humanity and what truly happens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when mind and machines merge, and when the government chooses fear over freedom.

Students must be in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and the badge system for clearance to be on campus. Please wear your face covering at this event. Check your Health e-Messenger for your daily clearance. 

Presented by the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences with support from the Porter College Activities Office.


November 2, 2021
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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