Black Arts + Data Futures
The Black Art + Data Futures working group consists of faculty, staff, graduate students and researchers who are engaged in questions of technology and African/diasporic resilience that move beyond states of crisis. In this workshop, we attempt to map the historic and future praxis of technological adaptation in the Black diaspora, including the spiritual, material and cultural techniques of resilience and self-determination informed by such modes as Afro-Futurism and Afro-Optimism. The aim of the series is to build literacies around the notion of resilience, and technical familiarity with these tactics in arts and digital media making.
In Year Two of the BADF workshop, we will explore the theme "Space, Time and Alterity," with visiting artists and academics whose research examine Black/digital counter-publics, and whose artwork disrupt notions of modernity. There is a Diaspora focus to this year's roster of prospective presenters, including writers and artists whose work embraces the Caribbean and Black Europe. Year One's programming included faculty salons with artist and urban developer Theaster Gates, MacArthur genius fellow Walter Kitundu, and the feminist design collective, Hyphen-Labs. In AY2018-19, we hope to expand on this formula of bringing artists and scholars at cutting-edge of their disciplines to inspire the UW-Madison community and engage in fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration.