Black Speculative Arts Movement

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto 2016 is a two-day community gathering at OCAD University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.

$5 Each Day
$10 for a pass

Tickets can be purchased:
eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

 

DAY 1
Open
ing Night:

The first night of the two-day community gathering which will feature an opening ceremony and speeches and presentations by the founders of BSAM and other prominent artists.
 

Friday, October 21, Auditorium Room 190
6 to 10 p.m.
Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:

  • Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson
  • featuring OCADU BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Association) - Camille Lauren, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Graham Ndimenhle Nhlamba, Kikelomo Otuije, Moya K, 
  • Making Space For the Black Imagination (curator and cultural producers)  featuing B.A.N.D. Gallery
  • Black Queer Art Matters

Featuring Artist talks by Ato Sietu (https://www.facebook.com/ato.seitu)
Dr. tobias van veen
Fatimah Tuggar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatimah_Tuggar)

Live performances Kafaye Rose (R & B, Reggae), Major Blaze (Reggae, R& B Alternative Hip-Hop), Chop-Z (future Music) + more

 

DAY 2

The focus of this day is on the different speculative art platforms across Toronto and how community informs the arts practices and vice-versa. This day will feature panels discussions, workshops and activities and live performances

Saturday, October 22, Auditorium Room 190 and Great Hall 230
11.a.m to 6 p.m.

Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:
• Deconstructing the Race Box moderated by Black Future Month

  • The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners & mystics) moderated by Sunset Service featuring David Lewis-Peart, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Njeri Campbell + More
  • Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Sheniece Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson of Black Kirby
  • Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Nay Monroe featuring Adiyana Morris,  Dilcia S. (NYC), Jelani “J-Wyze” Nias, Whitney French
  • Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) moderated by Sharrae Lyon featuring Watch School Alumni - Najla Nubyanluv, Ohm Shanti, Sashoya Shoya Oy
     

Featuring special artist talk by Ian Sun of Anansi T.E.K. Club (www.anansi-tek.org)
Live performances by Witch Prophet (Experimental Indie) + More

This event is supported by Black Future Month, Lost Lyrics, OCAD U Student Union, Onsite Gallery, OCAD U Faculty of Liberal Art and Science and School of School for Interdisciplinary Studies , Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design,  Art and Social Change, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Deluxo, PRIYOME Chess Club, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy of the Toronto Lillian H. Smith Library, Nia Centre For The Arts, Black Artist Network In Dialogue Gallery( B.A.N.D. Gallery), Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere Edutainment (R.I.S.E. Edu.), Street Voices, Zero Gun Violence and Rite Of Passage - Woodgreen Community Centre.

 

About BsaM

Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

Afrofuturism and astro-blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.

BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BSAM is a continuation of the historical behaviour within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

http://blackspeculativeartsmovement.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/blackspeculativeartsmovement

Tickets can be purchased

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

for more info contact Quentin VerCetty at bridginda6ix@gmail.com

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.
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The Wisdom of Movement, Song and Story: A DwD Workshop in InterPlay

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:30pm to Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 2:00am

February's DwD workshop will gently immerse you in the easy-body practices of InterPlay, a practice that invites groups and individuals to tap into their artistic authority and connect to their body’s inner wisdom. In InterPlay, you will find new access to your stories, movement and voice. This is an easy way to experience the powerful integration of mind, body, heart and spirit. It is also a quick way to gain community connection.

It will also offer you tools to stimulate creativity and self-awareness in your life.

InterPlay is something that anybody and any body can do—regardless of size, shape, ability, race, culture, gender, sexuality, belief, or nationality. All you need is a little willingness. Expect to laugh, savor and relax. Expect to be surprised by what you can do!

InterPlay is a worldwide community of artist-activists who believe in their ability to change the world through creative expression. InterPlay developed over the last twenty-five years by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry. For more info, visit www.interplay.org

Note that this month's DwD opens at 6:30, due to other events on campus. We will plan to end at 9:00, but guests are free to stay to talk with the hosts.

ABOUT THE HOST

Rehana Tejpar is a mother, dancer, theatre artist and community arts facilitator dedicated to staging stories of social importance, and evoking community dialogue. Using popular education, Theatre of the Oppressed and Art of Hosting techniques, she has been designing curriculum and facilitating leadership programs with young women, children and youth in Canada, Kenya and India for the past 10 years. Since 2011 she has been playing with InterPlay and is currently a leader in training. She is an active performance artist in dance-theatre and is currently working on Eventual Ashes’ Ocean Carving: A Performance in Water, to be performed in the 2015 Rhubarb Festival.

 

Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open community of practice learning together to lead organizational & community change through participatory design, strategic dialogue and emerging facilitation methods.

We gather monthly to convene workshops as a practice in social design to engage the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we're committed.

Join us from 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD's Lambert Lounge.

DwD is coordinated by:

Peter Jones
OCADU professor and Principal at Redesign

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer at The Moment

Kaitlin Almack
Process Facilitator at ICA Associates

Christopher Lee
Principal at Potluck Projects

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Lambert Lounge, Room 187
Website: 
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-wisdom-of-movement-song-and-story-a-dwd-workshop-in-interplay-tickets-15636064891