An Interactive Afrofuturist Experience
Sound of Space was a 360 degree surround sound installation at the Moss Art Center I co-produced. Each corner of the black box theatre had a different theme and display derived from Afrofuturist music: Flow, Transport, Testimony, and Funk. For the installation, I taught students how to mix audio samples from Afrofuturist musicians with their own voice into something called an Intellectual Mixtape. These audios generally expressed the students' personal experiences with social oppression.
This piece resulted in an academic paper, Afrofuturist Intellectual Mixtapes: A Classroom Case Study, forthcoming from Digital Humanities Quarterly. In this pedagogical case study, conducted with Pfr. Tyechia Thompson, we argue for the Intellectual Mixtape as a new form of academic exploration that could serve as an alternative to traditional English papers by avoiding the post-colonial bias inherent in traditional top-down analytic methods of English research.