BLACK SPECULATIVE ART MOVEMENT, aka BsaM, is a year long, traveling afrofuturism, comics, film, and art convention held at multiple universities, colleges, and venues abroad.
Our movement, co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at HSSU, Reynaldo Anderson, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Conventions for Comics and Arts, Maia “Crown” Williams, includes vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, step shows, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.
Afrofuturism and astro blackness has been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, Afrika Bambaataa and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples.
BsaM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.
Applications for participation are now being accepted.
If interested in vending, holding workshops, seminars, classes, performing, or volunteering, please email BSAMstaff@gmail.com.