Image courtesy of Natasha Ruwona, in dreams i; 2019, film still

Performative lecture Afro-Futurisms and Spatial Practices, Natasha Ruwona, 2020.

No School! presents Afro-Futurism & Spatial Practices, a performative lecture and discussion by Natasha Ruwona

Wednesday 1 April, 6.30pm

Rhubaba is delighted to present a revised, online second instalment of No School!, facilitated by artist Natasha Ruwona. The workshop will be delivered using Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing software, which will allow us to ‘meet’ remotely.

To book a virtual place for this online workshop, please email info@rhubaba.org by Monday 30 March.

The workshop will begin with a performative lecture titled Afro-Futurism & Spatial Practices, which is rooted in Natasha’s research that employs Afro-Futurism as a tool for exploring and imagining the formation of new worlds. Afro-futurism is an aesthetic, theoretical and philosophical stance that advocates the reclaiming of agency in creative and experimental practices as they relate to the intersection of African Diaspora and techno-science; it uses science fiction, music, technology, myths and fantasies, which draw on black diasporic cultural aesthetics, to provide a lens through which the past and present treatment of people of colour can be critically analysed. Afro-futurism is both a radical reconsideration of history and a way to imagine possible futures.

The performance will be followed by a group discussion, facilitated by Natasha and the committee, around the themes examined in the lecture, and drawing from the following texts: Mark Dery’s Black to the Future (1994); William Sites’ We Travel the Spaceways: Urban Utopianism and the Imagined Spaces of Black Experimental Music and Afro-futurism (2013); and Christopher Cox’s Afro-pessimism and the Politics of Abstraction: A conversation with Kodwo Eshun (2014).

No prior knowledge or reading on such matters is required, the texts will be shared via email prior to the event and we will provide all the information about using Zoom. 

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and curator based in Glasgow.  Natasha’s art practice is research based and investigates racialised spatialisation via writing, digital art, performance and facilitation.  Natasha is interested in the structures of arts organisation and the processes of challenging them through an anti-colonial perspective.  Her practice prioritises the presence and experiences of People of Colour.  Natasha completed a curatorship for Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 and currently works as a curator for the Glasgow Short Film Festival.  She is a Project Coordinator for the collective UncoverED which is based at The University of Edinburgh – a student-led project researching into the global and imperial history of the university.  Natasha is also as an Assistant Producer for movement researcher Claricia Parinussa, and an Outreach Intern for Project Myopia.