Astro Black is a multi-channel video cycle informed by cultural theories of Afrofuturism. Taking the cosmic jazz musician Sun Ra as a point of departure, this ongoing speculative history seeks to draw out the nexus of science fiction and social politics in Black Atlantic culture.
This is an excerpt from Episode -1 of Astro Black, a 4-channel video installation informed by the history and politics of Afrofuturism. By engineering connections between Sun Ra's account of alien abduction and the 1969 moon landing, Episode -1 reflects on the cultural politics implicit in the colonisation of outer space as both a geography and virtual field of possibility. While playing piano in Chicago in 1943, Sun Ra is contacted by Morpheus who offers him a choice of two destinies. Episode -1 then flashes forward to Neil Armstrong stepping onto the lunar surface, only to discover that the moon is already inhabited by Sun Ra and his cosmic band The Arkestra.
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