The BLACK SPECULATIVE ART MOVEMENT, aka BSAM, emerged in the wake of the Unveiling Visions: Alchemy of The Black Imagination exhibition curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg library in New York, 2015.
BSAM is a network of creatives, intellectuals, and artists representing different positions or basis of inquiry including: 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 L.L.C., founded by Reynaldo Anderson is a yearlong, traveling afrofuturism, comics, film, and art convention held at multiple universities, colleges, domestically and venues abroad.
Afrofuturism 2.0 is the early 21st century technogenesis of Black Identity reflecting counter histories, hacking, and or appropriating network software, database logic, cultural analytics, deep remixability, neurosciences, enhancement and augmentation, gender, fluidity, posthuman possibility, the speculative sphere, with transdisciplinary applications, and has grown into an important diasporic technocultural Pan-African movement. It is characterized by five dimensions that include:
Theoretical and Applied Science
21st century manifestation of global Black “cultural vibranium” for a geopolitical world, an interstellar child of of 20th century Pan Africanism. Or as Andrew Rollins defines it as an Afrofuturistic concept in which a person’ black state of consciousness, released from the confining crippling slave or colonial mentality, becomes aware of the multitude and varied possibilities and probabilities within the universe.
Black Speculative Art
A creative, aesthetic practice that ntegrates African and Africana diasporic worldviews with science or technology and seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.
Dark Speculative Futurity
The late 20th century development, emergence, and philosophical perspective of non-White people in regards to their own agency or significance in relation to humanity or other life forms. Furthermore, how they to describe or forecast phenomena in terms of their cultural purpose, principles, or goals in regards to global change, technological and social acceleration, ecological processes, and interstellar aspirations.