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Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtoronto2016

Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtoronto2016
October 21 – 22, 2016
OCAD University
100 McCaul St. Toronto, On. M5T 1W1

Toronto, ON- Black Speculative Arts Movement: Toronto is a two day community gathering in the heart of the 6ix, a.k.a Toronto, at the historical art site of the Ontario College of Art and Design 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.


Day 1:
October 21st
6pm - 10pm
190 Auditiorium

Featured Discussions:
•Making Space For the Black Imagination with Black Artists' Networks Dialogue - BAND
• Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson featuring BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Assocation)Dainesha Nugent-Palache Camille Lauren, Graham N, Kiké N. Otuije and Moya

Featuring Artist talks by Ato Seitu, Fatimah Tuggar
Presentation by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson Quentin Babatundé VerCetty Tobias C. Van Veen

Live performances Kafaye Rose, OBUXUM, Major Hype + More


Day 2: 
October 22nd
11am – 6pm

Featured Discussions:
• Black Future Month - Deconstructing the Race Box
• Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated byToni Cater featuring Arthur TangaAlecia DoyleyBlack Sun ComicsStacey Robinson of Black Kirby
• Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Nay Monroe featuring Adiyana MorrisJelani NiasWhitney French and Dilcia S.
• Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) moderated bySharrae Lyon featuring WATAH School Alumni - Najla NubyanluvOhm Shanti and Sashoya Shoya Oya

Featuring Artists talks by @ian sun of Anancy T.E.K. Club, Dr.Camille Turner
Presentations by Louis March of zero gun violence and Rites Passage Woodgreen

live performances by Ricky Smalls(Afrobeats), Thunderclaw X Robinson,Kedar IU Anu WatermanOsobe WaberiSiya Empara Gwaan , Witch Prophet(Experimental Indie) + More


If interested in paneling, presenting, etc, please contact #BSAMtoronto2016 executive coordinator, 
Quentin VerCetty


About BsaM

Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought 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 behavior 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.


Later Event: October 25
The 3rd Annual Shamie Awards!