Black Quantum Futurism, Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

NextGen: Black Quantum Futurism Is a Women-Led Incubator Rooted In Black Liberation | OkayAfrica DIASPORA—Over the course of July we’ll be publishing short profiles, essays and interviews on the theme of “Afrofutures.” Together these stories will be a deep dive into the way African and diaspora thinkers, technologists and artists view a future for Africans in the world and outside of it.



Take a look at our introduction to Afrofuturism here. Throughout this month, we’ll also highlight and celebrate young, leading talents who already put into practice what a future with black people look like through their work in our daily profile series, ‘NextGen.’

In our tenth edition, meet the minds behind the Black Quantum Futurism collective.

Black Quantum Futurism, Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Black Quantum Futurism, Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Black Quantum Futurism, Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Transmediale 2017, Berlin.


Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to see “into,” choose, or create the impending future.

Black Quantum Futurism Collective is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Rockers!; Moor Mother) and Rasheedah Phillips (The AfroFuturist Affair; Metropolarity) exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities through an alternative temporal lens. BQF Collective has created a number of community-based events, experimental music projects (ANTI-KY-THE/RA released on Deep White Sound label), zines (NonLocality Series; Sun Ra, Synchronicity, and Superposition), and an anthology of experimental essays on space-time consciousness called “Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. 1 (featured in the Unveiling Visions exhibition at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). BQF Collective is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, 2015 artist-in-residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange, and had their experimental short, Black Bodies as Conductors of Gravity, premiere at the 2015 Afrofuturism Now! Festival in Rotterdam. BQF Collective frequently collaborates with other Black Futurists Joy KMT, Irreversible Entanglements, Thomas Stanley, Ras Mashramani, Alex Smith to produce literature, present workshops, lectures, and performances. (Website).