Black Atlantis is a live audiovisual essay that looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in contemporary illegalised migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space.
Black Atlantis combines two conversations – afrofuturism and the anthropocene. It takes as point of departure Drexciya, the late 20th century electronic music duo from Detroit, and their creation of a sonic, fictional world. Through liner notes and track titles, Drexciya take the Black Atlantic below the water with their imaginary of an Atlantis comprised of former slaves who have adapted to living underwater.
Ayesha Hameed’s recent presentations and performance lectures include "Black Atlantis" at ICA London (2015), "Labour in a Single Shot" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2015), at The Chimurenga Library at the Showroom, London (2015), Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, Oxford (2015), Edinburgh College of Art (2015), Goldsmiths MFA Lectures (2016), and Empire Remains (2016).
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