San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT #BSAMtoronto2016
October 21 – 22, 2016
OCAD University | 100 McCaul St. Toronto, On. M5T 1W1
Toronto, ON- Black Speculative Arts Movement: Toronto is a two day community gathering in the heart of the 6ix, a.k.a Toronto, at the historical art site of the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.
•Making Space For the Black Imagination
• Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson,
Featuring Artsit talks by Fatimah Tuggar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatimah_Tuggar
Presentations by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson and Maia Williams and Dr. tobias Van Veen.
Live performances Kafaye (Reggae + RnB), Chop-z ( Hip-Hop),) + more
• The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners, healers & mystics) moderated by Sunset Service
• Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Toni Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Kelvin Gumbs of Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson of Black Kirby
• Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Naomi Bain
featuring Adiyana Morris, Whitney French, Jelani "J-Wyze" Nias and Dilcia S (NYC)
• Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) featuring Watah School
Featuring special artist talk by Ian Sun of Anansi T.E.K. Club (http://www.anansi-tek.org/)
and Dr. Camille Turner (www.camilleturner.com)
Live performances by Ricky Smalls (Afrobeats), Witch Prophet (Experimental Indie) + More
If interested in paneling, presenting, etc, please contact #BSAMtoronto2016
executive coordinator: Quentin VerCetty
Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought the United States.
The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.
Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.
BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BSAM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.