Online Reading Sessions

Tuesdays 15.12, 5.01, 26.01 & 16.02, 8 p.m. CET

In English
The gathering will happen through the internet platform called Zoom.

In order to participate on 5.01, please register under the following link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Join us for a series of reading sessions dedicated to the artistic practice of Black Quantum Futurism! Together we will analyze texts, listen to music and explore the visuality of the collective’s fascinating work. Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips. Founded in 2014, it weaves quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound to present innovative works and tools offering practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes, and the digital matrix. The research projects of BQF focus on the recovery, collection and preservation of communal memories, histories and stories to develop and enact a new spatio-temporal consciousness. The collective has created many community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films and zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab.
The first reading session will be dedicated to Black Quantum Futurism’s approach towards a new, black and afrodiasporic time and space consciousness. The here-in emerging lines of flight out of hegemonial linear concepts of time and its inherent governance will be at the center of discussion. BQF’s aim is the realization of physical, spiritual, psychological and cognitive strategies that give access to those events of the past and the future that are currently sealed by unidirectional and progressive timelines.
Together we will read the text by Rasheedah Phillips “Dismantling the Master(‘s) Clock [work Universe]” (published in: Space-Time Collapse, The Afrofuturist Affair/ House of Future Science Books, 2016.s. 15-33. There is no need to read the text in advance. The text will be sent to all participants before the meeting.
As a voluntary preparation, we recommend watching the following video:
Youtube-Video (18.02.2018) ”Black Quantum Futurism / Moor Mother + Rasheedah Phillips/ the Gray Area Festival 2017”:
The reading sessions accompany the exhibition A Sequence of Events in the Lives of the Dormant, curated by Lara Khaldi and Aneta Rostkowska at the Temporary Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art in Cologne. The text “Activating Retrocurrencies and Reverse Time-Bindings in the Quantum Now(s)” by Rasheedah Phillips from Black Quantum Futurism was published (in English, German and Arabic language) in the exhibition booklet and is accessible here.
The reading sessions are developed in collaboration with Jana Dormann, Siddhartha Lokanandi (Hopscotch Reading Room), Paloma Nana and Denzel Russell. Black Quantum Futurism will join one of the subsequent sessions in 2021.
The admission to every reading session is free, but we would be grateful for a donation to our institution. Even small donations count. You will find our bank details here:
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About the Reading Sessions:
“The need for discussion and its important function does not come from the desire or craving to push someone’s views on any matter (though it is true that many discussions are held for this reason), but from the limitations and imperfections of the creative and, in particular, cognitive powers of an individual.”
Roman Ingarden, A few words on a fruitful discussion, 1961
Recent studies have shown that due to our increasingly digitized lifestyle we are losing focus after about eight seconds. This is less than the average attention span for the notoriously poorly concentrated goldfish. To combat this condition, Temporary Gallery introduced in 2019 an informal, (self-) educational initiative - reading sessions. Their goal is to deepen and intensify discussion of the themes related to contemporary art and art theory as well as the program of Temporary Gallery.

Bild / Image
Tamara Lorenz