The Transdisciplinary Seminar on Afrofuturism explores how representations of science, technology, and social engineering intersect with visual cultural expressions of the African Diaspora. Science fiction is the organizing theme that unites the guest presentations and works under consideration. Visiting artists and cultural theorists lecture on the role of futuristic speculations in African diasporic art, literature, film, and music. The ability of science fiction to function as both a fractured mirror of historical experience and a projection of the collective desires of a displaced people is discussed throughout the semester.
Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director. She has received several awards and nominations for the films that she directed, including the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009. Kahiu was born in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduating from the University of Warwick in 2001 with a BSc degree in Management Science, she enrolled in the masters of fine arts program in directing at the School of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her movie From a Whisper earned a total of twelve nominations and received five awards at the fifth Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009.
Where: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, NY
Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served
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