Equal parts performance, conversation, and screening, Speculations will explore the role that science fiction and other modes of imagining the future and re-imagining the past have to play in creating real social change.
The program will include a presentation by artist, Cauleen Smith; a performance by musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Dr. James Gordon Willliams; and a spoken word multimedia performance by Rasheedah Phillips, science fiction author and creator of Philadelphia-based organization, The AfroFuturist Affair, and founding member of the Metropolarity Speculative Fiction Collective, in collaboration with musician and poet, Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother).
These presentations will be followed by a round table conversation with Smith, Williams, and Phillips moderated by Anneka Herre, Director of UVP, and scholars Tiffany Barber and Jerome Dent, whose work explores afrofuturism and its critique.
Reception and special Tuesday night screening will follow on the plaza to celebrate the world premiere of Crow Requiem, a new video work by Light Works’s 2014 UVP artist-in-residence, Cauleen Smith.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Partners & Sponsors
This event ismade possible through the generous support of many organizations and institutions, including Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), part of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC), Syracuse University; Syracuse University Department of African American Studies; Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts; Everson Museum of Art; Syracuse University Humanities Center; New York Council for the Humanities; the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts