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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.


walter-wlodarczyk-2016-07-14-0246Quay Dash
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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


Aquarius, air is your sign’s paired element.
Sophie Morner

ULTRAVELVET is back with a vengeance this Saturday, August 16th!

This installment of the seasonal gathering is hosted by Daryl Coke and Ducati Mist. The lineup is one for the books, featuring a live performance from Topical Cream friend and phenomenon LaFawndah, plus sets from resident DJs HD + A.E. Zimmer, SHYBOI, BattyJack, and Dubbel Dutch.

Topical Cream is also pleased to announce UV’s special guest, Darq E Freaker!

Ultravelvet is a collective comprised of Mitch Moore, A.E. Zimmer, Thurmon Green, Erin Grant, Jamie Simone and Hannah Daly.

Get into the rage of the night!


10:00pm until …
$7 before midnight // $10 after
260 Johnson Ave,
Brooklyn, New York 11206