The Next 150—Documentary Futurism is inspired by two artistic movements, Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurism, as well as by writers of speculative fiction and non-fiction. Below is a list of links that will help those interested find out more about these inspiring creative forces, but this list is by no means exhaustive.
As the imminent release of the Canadian feature film Brown Girl Begins (based on a novel by Nalo Hopkinson) attests, creative work grappling with the future with a concern for social justice shows no sign of slowing down, and the links below offer a jumping-off point into the dynamic, political and cutting-edge cultural spheres Documentary Futurism builds from. With this in mind, we welcome suggestions for any other books, films, projects, music, paintings, etc, that are missing from the lists below. Enjoy!
A robust list of resources, especially the section on “Writings.”
Black to the Future
by Mark Dery
A foundational text for Afrofuturism.
Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, and the History of the Future
by Lisa Yaszek
Article published in Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 20, No.3.
An Afrofuturist Reading List
by Florence Okoye
List of articles, texts, videos, etc.
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
by Ytasha L. Womack
A guide to afrofuturist works drawing links between the aesthetic and the political.
Introduction to Afrofuturism
A survey of afrofuturist works.
Why Afrofuturism is the Art Movement We Need in 2017
by André-Naquian Wheeler
An article on the contemporary relevance of afrofuturism.
Afrofuturism: Imagining the Future of Black Identity
by Future Tense
Video of New America NYC talk with Michael Bennett, Ytasha Womack, Walé Oyédijé and Aisha Harris.
Contemporary Talks: Greg Tate
by Art Relish Atlanta Visual Art
Video of an Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre talk with Greg Tate.
Futurism, Futurity, and the Importance of the Existential Imagination
by Paul Kuttner
An article on Afrofuturism and the integral role of histories in the imaginings of liberatory anti-colonial futures.
Black Radical Imagination
by Erin Christovale & Amir George
A program of speculative & fantastical short films from black artists.
Website of Nalo Hopkinson—award-winning author of Afrofuturism and speculative fiction.
by Wanuri Kahiu
The Indigenous Futurisms Mixtape
A musical journey through the intertwined afro and indigenist histories of colonization.
Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable
Roundtable with Rebecca Roanhorse, Elizabeth Lapensee, Johnnie Jae and Darcie Little Badger.
Visual Cultures of Indigenous Futurisms
by Lindsay Nixon
A survey of Indigenous Futurism in contemporary culture.
A review of Indigenous futurist art forms with a particular focus on Inuit futurist works.
A ground-breaking multi-media work combining history and future technology.
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years
by Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western (curatorial collective)
An art exhibition and publication.
Métis in Space
hosted by Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel
Podcast dissecting sci-fi and popular culture from and indigenous perspective.
Native American Survivance, Memory, and Futurity: The Gerald Vizenor Continuum
by Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Hauke (editors)
An anthology of essays exploring the importance of Vizenor’s work to the literary canon.
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction
by Grace L. Dillon
A guide to Indigenous futurist works.
Decolonizing the future: How a new generation of Indigenous writers is changing science fiction
by Kate Heartfield
An article on the importance of Indigenous futurism in challenging the white science fiction canon.
Speculative Constitutions: Gerald Vizenor’s “Treaty Shirts”
by Stina Attebery
Book review of Gerald Vizenor's Treaty Shirts.
by Danis Goulet