Black Quantum Futurism: Temporal Deprogramming

Philadelphia-based interdisciplinary artists Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) present a new installation and accompanying live programme of music, performance, spoken word, talks and workshops.


Black Quantum Futurism’s practice is centred on a radical artistic methodology inspired by Afrofuturism, Afrodiasporan traditions of consciousness, and quantum physics. Through activism, artistic research, music, film and community-based writing projects, BQF offer practical techniques to empower marginalised communities, assisting individuals to overcome social injustices and oppressive linear time constructs. Through focusing on the recovery and preservation of communal memories, histories and stories, BQF aim to transform negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and holistic methods of healing.

Taking place over two weeks in the ICA’s Lower Gallery, Temporal Deprogramming features recent BQF works, including zines, video works, a listening station and a large-scale Black Quantum Futurism ‘event map’, which visualises BQF’s ‘intersectional time orientation’.

Contributions from invited artists will form the live programme, which features work by artists Barby Asante, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and The Otolith Group, musicians Nkisi and Elaine Mitchener, and feminist activists East End Sisters Uncut.


Tuesday 13 August 2019 — Sunday 25 August 2019


ICA, London