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“What time is it?” probed Rasheedah Phillips, one half of the Philadelphia-based collective Black Quantum Futurism, who together with collaborator Camae Defstar, delivered a charged performance interrogating the political nature of temporal consciousness at Artists Space on July 14. Comparing the Western linear time construct with the general indigenous African time consciousness, Black Quantum Futurism’s performance traced the roots of white Southern slave masters using time as a form of social control, unraveling the ways time continues to confine us, especially those on the edges, margins, and intersections of society, in an effort to imagine new possibilities. “Out of the dust of the crumbling institutions of science,” Phillips proclaimed, “comes […] Black Quantum Futurism, a new science for a new world of our own making.”

Video shot by Ursula Mann and edited by Jason Hirata.

Black Quantum Futurism performed during an evening curated by Topical Cream, along with Bronx-based rapper Quay Dash, Middle Eastern songstress LAFAWNDAH in collaboration with writer Amy Zimmer, experimental noise duo MSHR, and a soundscape by post-trance producer DOSS. See full documentation of all the performances hosted by Artists Space and check out photos below by Walter Wlodarczyk.


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walter-wlodarczyk-2016-07-14-0398LAFAWNDAH with Amy Zimmer



walter-wlodarczyk-2016-07-14-0688MSHR (Brenna Murhpy and Birch Cooper)

More photos of the performances by Luis Nieto Dickens at


Founded in 2010, Via Fest has become a premier interactive festival exploring the intersection of music, contemporary art, and technology. This year, Via Fest is hosting a week of events in Chicago, bringing out the girls including Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, Doss and more.

Princess Nokia, the multifaceted DIY artist, rapper, and host of Smart Girls Club on Know Wave Radio, self-released her debut full length Metallic Butterfly in May. Blending an exciting crossover of multi-dimensional soundscapes with hip hop and R&B, she explores the evolving aspects of her identity, sexuality, and cyber-feminist mentality.

Presented by Them Flavors & LVL3, Mykki Blanco and Princess Nokia will be playing on October 4th.


Doss is a mysterious producer who released her self-titled debut EP on Ac√©phale in May. She’ll be performing on Thursday, October 2nd at a secret location announced to ticket holders the day of the show. More information and tickets available here.

To check out the full schedule and buy tickets, visit the Via Fest website.