As a contemporary movement that is still ongoing, Afrofuturism can be viewed as an extension, in both themes and intentions, of the earlier Black Arts Movement (1965-1975), which drew influence from the works of DuBois and Hurston. Co-founded in Harlem by writer / activist Amiri Baraka, the Black Arts Movement inspired African Americans to establish their own publishing houses, magazines, journals, and art institutions, adding diversity to the literary canon with the portrayal of new ethnic voices in the United States. With these two works, “The Comet” andMules and Men, viewed as proto-Afrofuturism, the Black Arts Movement and Afrofuturism share a common literary antecedent. Forty years later, however, speculative fiction is still a genre of literature for which African Americans have received little recognition. via sequart.org
we are tasked with continuing to build the institutions that our ancestors began
Unobstructed view of the Mont Blanc at “Le Panoramique” restaurant in Le Brévent, Chamonix, France. Photo by Lu Chien-Ping)
Choi + Shine Architects - The Land of Giants
“This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape. Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. They can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. Over long spans of time, the pylon-figures stretch to gain increased height, crouch for increased strength or strain under the weight of the wires.”
I always secretly thought of them as people when I was a kid. SO THIS IS JUST SUBLIME!!!
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole.
“You are a very lovely daydream.” - Loki, Young Avengers, v. 2, #4.
Crave, 2006. Hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 3 x 24 x 4 1/2”