Index of Titles Filed Under 'Blackness'

PublisherThe Funambulist2016
“The definition of an ominous optimist is someone that goes through bad days in his life but is still optimistic for the future” says Mat Randol in “Ominous optimist ft. the solar system.” Such an affirmation synthesizes well the tone of this conversation with Mawena Yehouessi & Steffi Njoh Monny, respectively founder and editor-in-chief of the online platform Black(s) to the Future. In it, we discuss about the political role of science fiction and speculative visions for the African diaspora through humor and (terrestrial and extraterrestrial) gravity. Steffi Njoh Monny, as in Steffi Graf — same name, same date of birth, only twenty ...
Inspired by the scholars, activists, and everyday citizens who spoke out, marched, and protested against police killings of African-Americans, we present this collection of short essays that put Black lives at the center of our thinking about architecture and its history.
PublisherThe Funambulist2016
The Funambulist Podcast · MABEL O. WILSON /// Design & Racism 2: “Can the Master’s Tools Dismantle the Master’s House?” This second conversation of the series complementing the latest issue of The Funambulist Magazine dedicated to Design & Racism borrows its title from Audre Lorde’s words cited by Mabel O. Wilson at the beginning of the “Critical Dialogues on Race and Modern Architecture” that she organized at Columbia University in February 2016. Throughout this discussion, we talk about architecture’s historical and contemporary contribution to the American structural racism against Black bodies. Professor Mabel O. Wilson teaches architectural design and history/theory courses at Columbia University’s ...
PublisherThe Funambulist2014
This conversation with Alexander Weheliye is built upon the critique he made of the work of Giorgio Agamben, in particular in his essentialization of the muselmann in the context of the Holocaust. Alexander argues that slavery functions as a better paradigm to understand the “layering” of bare lives and the racial aspects that this understanding involves. He explains how he is interested in finding other ways to “claim humanity” than the traditional judicial one that attributes this status in a retroactive manner to suffering bodies. In order to do so, we evoke the works of major African-American and black Caribbean thinkers such as Hortense ...
Division is the characteristic habit of humanity: ēthos anthropōi daimōn, as Heraclitus had it. Demons for division, we divide and are divided. Taken over by divisions within ourselves, the demonic appears as the divided self. Wherever the self realizes an apparent struggle, whenever one is possessed by another, the demon is present. Possession dramatizes self-production as a fight for local control. Demonology is the science of these heteronomous selves, these others inside us. “From the beginning,” Boris Groys writes in this issue, “the contemporary artist is demonic: he is possessed by himself and cannot be relieved of his demons.”  
PublisherNat Pyper2020
ERNESTINE ECKSTEIN (1941–1992) was ahead of her time. As the lone Black lesbian at an early gay rights protest in front of the White House in 1965, her legacy is one of courage and unwavering resolve for the liberation of all peoples. She was a vice president and active member of the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the first lesbian civil rights organization in the United States. She helped move the DOB away from the early homophile movement’s emphasis on medical legitimization and towards direct action in the form of protests and demonstrations which she described ...
PublisherFailed Architecture2020
Paris’ famous Louvre Museum was forever transformed in Summer 2018 when it was spectacularly appropriated by megastar power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, by way of a music video for their single “Apeshit”. Timed to coincide with Everything is Love, their surprise joint album as The Carters, the video saw the couple, and Beyoncé in particular, performing in front of several significant paintings and sculptures in the museum’s vast collection. Needless to say, two of the world’s most visible and successful black cultural figures seizing control of a space so synonymous with Western imperialism led to a lively debate in the days ...
PublisherTriple Canopy2019
“A fence’s integrity rests on its ability to enclose what one is unwilling or unable to offer.” Views from a performance of black fatherhood. “Fences” by Saretta Morgan is part of Resentment, the twenty-fifth issue of Triple Canopy, that is devoted to reclaiming—if not recuperating—resentment, especially as harbored by those who are used to fits of anger and bitterness being indicted as unproductive, petty, selfish, even pathological.
Washington D.C.’s H Street corridor, a majority-Black neighborhood shaped by segregation and disinvestment, is now marketed as welcoming and diverse. Analyzing the role of blackness in contemporary urbanization, Brandi Thompson Summers explains why aesthetics is essential to thinking about gentrification and displacement.
Among its demands for reparations, the New Afrikan Independence Movement sought to create a sovereign nation-state encompassing a large portion of the U.S. South. Historian Edward Onaci contextualizes this radically imaginative movement within past and present struggles for Black liberation.
Anthropologist Karla Slocum considers the under-recognized contemporary currency of historic Black towns in Oklahoma. Why, despite their small size and uncertain economies, do these places remain attractive?
PublisherTalk is Cheap2019
We get into dance, the hidden history of black graphic design and what the hell we’re all trying to do in this crazy field. Great ep. One note, the artist I was thinking about from the Greater New York show at PS1, I got wrong, it was a piece by Glenn Ligon not David Hammonds. Shout out to Vance Wellenstein ( who did a great little book on it too. You can find that book here: I know Amazon, not ideal but I think its sold out most first market places. I have a copy that I bought at PS1 ...
PublisherThe Funambulist2020
The Exotic Other Miriam Hillawi Abraham is a multi-disciplinary designer who hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her work advocates for social justice through afrofuturism and intersectional feminism by creating playful dialogue, immersive experiences, mining artefacts from the future and constructing alternative realities.
PublisherNew Models2019
New Models speaks with Z, founder of the BLACK SOCIALISTS of AMERICA (BSA), an online channel turned IRL organization providing a forum and voice for black American leftists as well as education around the values of socialism (per Marx). In this episode, we discuss the inherent racism of the “American Dream” (i.e., capitalism), the promise of worker co-ops, identity politics’ tactical deficiencies in big stack activism, and how to leverage online traction to effect real world political change. New Models · Episode 12: BLACK SOCIALISTS (Z from BSA)
PublisherThe Funambulist2017
This conversation with Crystal Marie Fleming revolves around her recently published book, Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France (Temple University Press, 2017). Through it, we discuss about the similarities and difference through which anti-blackness operates in the United States and in France, the internal debates to the French Black community (in particular the Caribbean one) as to how memorialize slavery, the various forms of denials France manifests regarding its historical and contemporary forms of colonialism, as well as the way current French political antiracist activism succeeds in influencing the national debate. Crystal Marie Fleming is a writer, speaker and Assistant Professor ...
Jerome Harris is a designer, educator, and curator. He’s currently the design director of Housing Works and recently taught at MICA and curated the show As, Not For, a survey of African American graphic design. In this episode, Jerome and Jarrett talk about his background as a flyer designer and dancer, how thinking about design history changed his own approach, and why we need to include as wide a range of work as possible when teaching design.
PublisherTriple Canopy2020
“We were not Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk had deep pockets.” A mix that presents techno as an embodied aural history of Black life in America (and not as psychedelic delirium); a response to “Rave,” an excerpt of the English translation of the German author and playwright Rainald Goetz’s eponymous novel. With artwork by Abdul Qadim Haqq.
“Police killings captured on cell-phone video or photographs have become the hallmark of United States visual culture in the twenty-first century. In this book, I examine this transformation of visual culture from the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 to the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. As a person designated “white” by the color line in the United States, I do so from the perspective of anti-antiblackness. I study the formation of the space of appearance, that space where we catch a glimpse of the society that is to come—the future commons or communism. ...
PublisherTriple Canopy2020
“Now we have to learn to listen to the speechless ruins.” A meditation on Black silence.
PublisherThe Funambulist2014
The Funambulist Podcast · ALONDRA NELSON /// The Black Panthers’ Struggle Against the American Politics of Health This conversation with Alondra Nelson focuses on the socio-historical descriptions of her book Body and Soul (University of Minnesota, 2011) that unfolds the work of the Black Panthers (late 1960s – 1970s) to resist against the highly discriminatory mechanisms of the politics of health in the United States. Following the structure of the book, we discuss the discrimination against the African American community, both in its negligence (inappropriate healthcare response to disease, prohibitive cost of care) and in its active medicalization of marginalized bodies (scientific research on ...
In this edited extract from her new book The Autobiography of Video: The Life and Times of a Memory Technology, Ina Blom examines the memory and history of early analog video, and investigates how the medium, heralding new forms of technological and social life, prehended the forms and forces of painting.
PublisherThe Funambulist2020
Black Anarchism Zoé Samudzi is a writer and doctoral candidate in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is co-author of As Black as Resistance (AK Press 2018).

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