The Black Fantastic: A Fall Opening at the Schomburg

I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins… – Langston Hughes’ The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1920). In the lobby at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem NYC is a site specific installation cosmogram entitled Rivers by Houston Conwill. […]

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Coding & Mandalas: OpenGL Shading Language

This post is about to get technical because I just learned or re-learned OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL), which is a high-level shading language based on C programming. After a successful run using Magic Music Visuals in Taos, NM for The PASEO, I decided to delve even further into GLSL, specifically to generate music visuals with different […]

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The PASEO 2015 on Day 2 or ‘How I Became a VJ’

In such a world, many will only dabble, some will dig deeper, and still others will master the skills that are most valued within the community. The community itself, however, provides strong incentives for creative expression and active participation. – Jenkins, et al. 2006 A few blocks away Christina Sporrong installed a real DJ on top of her […]

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The Virtual AR Sounding Space: The PASEO 2015

The PASEO in Taos, NM is the site of one of the manifestations of The Electrofunk Mixtape, a concept I’ve been exploring that combines sound, sound responsive graphics and sculptures. I created a few digital sketches to show local youth what my vision was for the installation I call the Virtual AR Sounding Space. At the […]

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Reflections on Ferguson is the Future at Princeton

I want to suggest by way of provocation… that the space of speculation does not necessarily offer a road forward. That the space of futurism is not necessarily progressive. If we have developed a Sociological Imagination 2.0, if we have entered the stage that Reynaldo (Anderson) calls Afrofuturism 2.0, that Nettrice Gaskins calls Afrofuturism 3.0, […]

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Fighting the Future: From Baldwin to Princeton

You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason. The limits of your ambition were, thus, expected to be set forever. You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that […]

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The Electrofunk Mixtape: Illuminus Edition

Illuminus is a “free nighttime festival where artists, designers, performers, and creative technologists converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works.” The Electrofunk MIxtape is a project concept that combines physical computing (i.e., electronics), music, and video projection mapping to layer patterns and effects on top of physical objects to create immersive environments. In […]

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