This episode of Astro Black considers the politics implicit in Public Enemy's claim that we're already living Armageddon.
Armageddon in Effect begins with the discovery of an ancient stone crosshairs at an archeological site in Egypt. Sixty years later a giant alien mothership emerges from a menacing cloud over New York City, hijacking President Ronald Reagan's TV statement in order to transmit a pirate broadcast from Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Sun Ra. Like Sun Ra's mantra that 'it's after the end of the world', Public Enemy invoke Armageddon to insist upon the critical moment in which we already live.
Titled in tribute to Sun Ra’s 1972 album, Astro Black is an ongoing multi-channel video cycle informed by cultural theories of Afrofuturism. Taking the cosmic jazz musician Sun Ra as a point of departure, this speculative history seeks to draw out the nexus of science fiction and social politics in Black Atlantic culture.
Broadcast News (1987), Cleopatra (1963), Dancing in the Streets (1997), Fight the Power Live: Public Enemy (1989), George Clinton: The Mothership Connection (1998), Idlewild (2006), Independence Day (1996), Invasion of the Astro-Monster (1965), Jumper (2008), The Manson Family (2003), The Outer Limits (1963), Planet Terror (2007), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Ronald Reagan: The Great Speeches (2004), Space is the Place (1974), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1982), Stargate (1994), SUFF Trailer (2008), V The Final Battle (1983),V The Complete Series (1984-85),Wave Twisters (2001). Music: Mixmaster Mike & Robert Johnson 'King of the Delta Blues', Outkast 'Morris Brown', Parliament 'P.Funk (Wants to get Funked Up)', Public Enemy 'Bring the Noise', Public Enemy 'Fear of a Black Planet', Public Enemy 'Fight the Power', Public Enemy 'Rebel Without a Pause', Public Enemy 'Welcome to the Terrordome'.