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The Time Travel Convention was an exhibition that explored time travel as a practical activity – something that does not necessarily require a machine, an advanced degree, or any other privileges. Using afrofuturism and the speculative as lenses, the exhibition featured time travel devices and objects from creators who use tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music to craft their temporal devices.

In this temporal-spatial instance, AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips debuted her speculative fiction collection, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)

More photos at: https://www.facebook.com/AfroFuturistAffair

Featuring Time Machines from:

MMGzPsychoAcoustics & Memory 
Black ShesusThe Pyramid of Shesus
R.PhillipsRecurrence Plot (RP)
Kameelah Janan RasheedNo Instructions of Assembly, Activation II
Alisha B. Wormsleythere are black people in the future
Mourl FerrymanThe Shadow and the Substance 2014
Melissa MooreAn Infinitygram: Diasporan Object Design For A New Future
Noni Red - everything begins within

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ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE 2014 

LIBERATION TECHNOLOGY FOR WORLD-BUILDING & SURVIVAL IN THE POST-APOCALYPSE

METROPOLARITY & WEIRDO CRYSTAL WALKER PORTAL JUMPER AFFILIATES HAVE ASSEMBLED TO CRAFT A PROGRAMING TRACK FOR THIS YEAR’S ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE. IF YOU READ THIS AND GET EXCITED IN THE LEAST, CONSIDER SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL TO OUR TRACK. EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS OR FEELS OR SOUNDS LIKE, HOLLER AT US. WE WANT TO BUILD W/YOU.

The post-apocalypse is here and real, where ancient and varied modes of survival and technology have been erased in the name of Empire and Progress. What do we do when access to memory/the past is standardized? This track explores how people at the margins can remix, rewire, and revive emancipatory technologies such as storytelling, world-building, magic, sci-fi and speculation to envision and conjure narratives of power and joy. Through engagement with tools like portals and time-travel, we will develop strategies to manifest new/ancient narratives into reality. We will envision a world that has happened, is happening, and will happen. We hope that travelers will walk away with the courage to embody the power of fiction and visioning in healing personal and historical trauma and disenfranchisement. We want to create and share multifaceted inclusive networks that emerge our bodies from isolation and oppressive paradigms to keep our souls alive.

The Liberation Tech track seeks cyborgs, griots, world-makers, hackers, healers, dreammakers, extraterrestrials, time-travelers, mystics and non-specifics to help create a journey into sci-fi, magic, and speculation. We seek workshops and skill shares that  challenge our ideas of reality, time, language, science, and technology. Appropriate themes and activities include: Afro-futurism, healing practices, abilities (paranormal, dis- or otherwise), storytelling, meme-making, world-building, fan-fiction, magical real[ness], DIY sci-fi, intersectionality, collective memory, speculative cities, exploding binaries, redefining science/technology, mythology,∞

Black Speculative Fiction Author Alicia McCalla interviews debut author Rasheedah Phillips about the Black motherhood and intergenerational poverty themes in her debut novel Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)

THE BLACK TRIBBLES x AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR RETURN TO OCTAVIA CITY!

Inspired by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author, the late Octavia Butler, OCTAVIA CITY presents original tales of Afrofuturism, science fiction fused with perspectives born from the African diaspora. 

The Black Tribbles Radio show is CALLING ALL WRITERS AND STORYTELLERS OF BLACK SCI-FI & AFROFUTURISM for OCTAVIA CITY Pt. 2, original tales of Afrofuturism, w/ return special guest Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair!

You are invited to share your stories with the world on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 8-11pm LIVE on the BLACK TRIBBLES radio show w/ co-host Gabriel Bryant of Stepping Into Tomorrow on Gtown Radio. Musical soundscape provided by DJ AURA of Places & SPaces.

Submissions chosen for the broadcast will be read aloud by the author (if available) or a local professional storyteller. Stories should time out no longer than 10 minutes. One submission per author. No pornographic or offensive material will be accepted. SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 25.

 Email octaviacity@gmail.com if you would like to participate in this very special event (no matter where in the multiverse/universe/earth/sea you may be) and visit the facebook event

Part One and Part Two of the first Octavia City event. 

Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release

In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   

Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 

The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.

Submission information

Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.

Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

The Spring Episode of Laser Life Arrives into the Future of Next Friday, April 26, 2013 at A-Space Anarchist Community Center in West Philly


The Laser Life is a reading series dedicated to giving voice to the swirl of diversity that exists in the known and unknown universe, LASER LIFE is a queer empowered reading series that serves as a gateway to the dreaming. At its core, it’s a reading of science and speculative fiction and fantasy, with the intensity of a sweaty, West Philly poetry slam on mind-altering, homemade drugs. 

Channeling Octavia Butler, Sam Delaney and the dollar bin at the comic book shop, the assembled are some of the most talented writers, both published and unpublished, in the Philadelphia area. As empires fall and our old planet crumbles, these writers are opening portals to theirs—braver, newer and out of this world.

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R.Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair and Metropolarity.net will be featured at the LASER LIFE next, reading a tale of science-possibility called “The Bracelet,” among Master Sci-Fi RealityTellers Alex Smith (creator of Laser Life), Maggie Eighteen, Ras Mashramani, Shane Jenkins, and special guest  POLYMER MONOCHROME

[THIS FRIDAY] :: LASER LIFE :: AND NOW... We move into the glass and shattered realm of your consciousness. In the spirit of Octavia Butler, with the soul of Sun Ra..no, scratch that.. With the force of an Audre Lorde quote tattooed on with hot metal at Burning Man we...Hmm, no. Sam Delaney and Ursula K Leguin in a jaccuzzi with Sylvester at a bra n book burning? What about Turbo Teen cybersexting a dragon in a prodigy chat room? Ah fuck it. It's Laser Life. The relentless Camaro rainbow, your queer sci-fi and speculative fiction reading brought to you by the labrats at Metropolarity. You live

w/

Ras Mashramani http://notupbut.tumblr.com/
M. Eighteen http://cyborgmemoirs.com/
R. Phillips http://www.afrofuturistaffair.tumblr.com/
Shane http://razedbywolves.com/
Alex Smith http://theafterv3rse.tumblr.com/ 

we bring you

MOOR MOTHER GODDESS, whose haunting, transcedent poetry will creep into the shadowy crevices of your mind and linger there like ghosts long after you’ve passed through the firmament

https://soundcloud.com/moor-goddess

KATIE ZALL, the naughtiest mistress, the anarchist carbaret herself, in all of her dramatic glory

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We don’t write sci-fi. We live it.

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@afrofuturistaffair spitting #streettheory w/ #metropolarity #diyscifi (at The Cedar Works)

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SO MANY READINGS & PERFORMANCES THESE PAST AND COMING WEEKS W/THE CREW. WE BUSTING OUR BUTTS IN OUR KNEE HIGH SOCKS AND LOVING EVERY HYPERSECONT

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@camaedefstar #laserlife #moormothergoddess

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LASER LIFE HAPPENING NOW #metropolarity#queerscifi #diyscifi

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the very beginning of alex smith’s superhero jawn #laserlife #metropolarity #diyscifi

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Katie Zall #laserlife #queerscifi #DIYscifi

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Ras Mashramani #Metropolarity #laserlife #phillyshit

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