Black Quantum Futurism Collective is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Rockers!; Moor Mother) and Rasheedah Phillips (The AfroFuturist Affair; Metropolarity) exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalised communities through an alternative temporal lens.
BQF Collective has created a number of community-based events, experimental music projects (ANTI-KY-THE/RA released on Deep White Sound), zines (NonLocality Series; Sun Ra, Synchronicity, and Superposition), and an anthology of experimental essays on space-time consciousness called Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. 1, which was featured in the Unveiling Visions exhibition at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Through various writing, music, film, visual art, and creative research projects, BQF Collective also explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and wholistic methods of healing. Their work focuses on recovery, collection, and preservation of communal memories, histories, and stories. Through the work of BQF Collective and its collaborators, we are in the process of developing and enacting a new spatio-temporal consciousness.
BQF Collective is a 2017 Pew Fellow, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual
Artists Fellow, 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, and a 2015 artist-in- residence at West Philadelphia Neighbourhood Time Exchange. BQF has presented, exhibited, or performed at Stony Island Arts Bank, WORM! Rotterdam, Live Worms Gallery, Temple Contemporary, the Serpentine Gallery and more.