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Black lives matter movement and afrofuturism comparison

Almost immediately, TAP partnered me with another artist to create and present a well scaffold-ed lesson plan to the rest of our cohort.

I found it intimidating because I had never worked with children before, and my previous facilitation experience as a direct social service worker did not include much in the way of curriculum development. Nevertheless, I was determined to rise to the occasion. TAP furnished us with a lesson plan template in addition to a model lesson the TAP facilitators delivered during training. Thankfully, I also had access to the weekly lesson plan forwarded by one of the Teaching Artists from my classroom internship.

However, I was initially confused about merging both our creative elements into one cohesive lesson plan. We spent an entire meeting just talking through it.

  1. We spent an entire meeting just talking through it. In short, the emotional power of the film depends on a logic of assimilation.
  2. Our opening and closing ritual hinged upon the "students" absorbing a superpower from an imaginary treasure chest. Yet, it would have been nice if he had also connected his work to this larger conversation about the intersection of race and technology.
  3. The facilitators liked the closing chant so much they asked me to close the training with it. LA Times District 9 is clearly intended to shock us out of our preconceptions about South Africa and for that matter, about what kind of society might be central to a science fiction drama.

Although I am a multidisciplinary artist, my partner is a theater artist. One of my major influences is Afrofuturism. I kind of consider it to be the cultural arm of the Black Lives Matter movement. I imagine a future where I exist.

I imagine a future where I imagine. My partner was willing to use Afrofuturism as our theme. We agreed that we would fold improvisation hers and collage mine into our exploration of Afrofuturism.

  1. How do these themes refer to the history of the African diaspora, yet imagine possible futures, futures that enable a broad range of cultural expression and an ever-widening definition of "blackness?
  2. There is no moment of self recognition where Wikus fully acknowledges what he has done.
  3. We spent an entire meeting just talking through it. My partner and I were second to last, so I had hours for my anxiety to reach fever pitch.
  4. There are many tiny moving parts in even a single lesson. Discussions of the film have rarely acknowledged the larger Afrofuturist tradition, though again Hollywood in general has rarely acknowledged its borrowings from literary science fiction.
  5. Yet, it would have been nice if he had also connected his work to this larger conversation about the intersection of race and technology.

Our opening and closing ritual hinged upon the "students" absorbing a superpower from an imaginary treasure chest. For the intro activity, we decided to analyze the digital collage works of Jessi Jumanji by creating mind maps, or brainstorming tools that use words and pictures to display and organize information about a central topic. I made a sample mind map in full color based on one of the Jumanji collages, and we both worked on a simpler, age appropriate mind map template.

In the main exercise we wanted to take everyone on a space walk that allowed them to embody various prompts, such as "What if you were walking with planets in the palms of your hands?

My partner and I were second to last, so I had hours for my anxiety to reach fever pitch.

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Yet, being able to sneakily incorporate feedback given to others worked to my advantage. As basic as it may seem, not everyone remembered to give their names, honorifics, pronouns, and disciplines. It was an opportunity for me to call myself "Mx. Dom" publicly for the first time. I compared being a multidisciplinary artist to a "pizza with everything on it.

I worked on maintaining a presence throughout the space, rather than remaining static.

  • Here's a decent short definition of Afrofuturism, taken from the Afrofuturism home page;
  • Although I am a multidisciplinary artist, my partner is a theater artist;
  • So Long Been Dreaming:

When I forgot things--more often than I would have liked, my partner gently redirected me. I could see people's bodies come alive during the space walk, and the closing chant similarly resonated. The facilitators liked the closing chant so much they asked me to close the training with it. We did receive feedback from the facilitators on our lesson plan, but it was the feedback others received that stood out to me. There were notes about focusing on making choices instead of technical skill, establishing a wide range of what is "correct," and developing touchstones for ourselves within the lesson plan.

One question I will reflect on forever is "On my worst day, would I still be excited to do this lesson? There are many tiny moving parts in even a single lesson. I believe all that hard work paid off.

Not only do I think my cohort responded favorably, but also this lesson satisfies the part of me that needed this lesson when I was child. I look forward to flexing my curricular muscles to refine it and perhaps expand it to a series of lessons.