ABOG Fellows and current Philadelphia Assembled collaborators Black Quantum Futurism (Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa) and the Reentry Think Tank (Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist) lead a gallery walk through their Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, followed by an ABOG- and PMA-moderated participatory forum on the ways that collaboration and collective imagination can address intransigent issues like reentry after imprisonment and gentrification.
4:00-5:00 PM: Walkthrough in the Philadelphia Assembled galleries
5:00-6:30 PM:Public discussion in the Perelman Auditorium
6:30-7:30 PM:Snacks in the Philadelphia Assembled Kitchen
Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) have created Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly, a collaborative art and ethnographic research project exploring the impact of redevelopment and displacement within the North Philadelphia neighborhood known as Sharswood/Blumberg. They use Afrofuturism as a critical activist theory to enact a process of collective envisioning and the preservation of the community’s cultural history and memory through the creation of a communal quantum time capsule, and incorporate models from the intersections of futurism, literature, visual remixing, sound, and activism as art.
Building on the ongoing project, the People’s Paper Co-op, Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist have developed the Reentry Think Tank. The project connects former prisoners, artists, civil rights lawyers, and other community experts in Philadelphia, PA to: clear/clean the criminal records of participants across Philadelphia; use legal clinics as an art-organizing space to transform criminal records into powerful art and advocacy projects; partner with reentry orgs across Philadelphia to organize a community think tank to create a Bill of Rights for those in reentry; organize a culminating “People’s Assembly” at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s Rotunda, to support the legislative dreams and demands of the think tank.