Live Ideas
Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration


Contemporary Afrofuturism may be defined as an emerging social philosophy of the African diaspora and Africa. Today, partly because of a crisis in globalization, social media and other technological advances, it has grown into a Pan African movement that encompasses artistic, academic, geopolitical and scientific investigation and production. This edition of Live Ideas, Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration, will explore this second wave of Afrofuturism as the ground work for a future that is not bound up with the ideals of white Enlightenment universalism. The five-day festival will unfold at the intersection of arts, techno-culture, sci-fi, social sciences, philosophy and the imagination. See you in the future!

Live Ideas” Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration  is co-curated by Reynaldo Anderson in partnership with the Black Speculative Art Movement (BSAM).


Live Ideas is an annual humanities festival of arts and ideas, exploring the ideas, controversies and thinking informing a different bodily-oriented theme each time out. View video of the past festivals on our youtube channel. For more information on specific years, click below.

Live Ideas 2019: AI – Are You Brave Enough for a Brave New World?

Live Ideas 2018: Radical Vision, co-curated with Brian Tate | The Tate Group and the Hannah Arendt Center

Live Ideas 2017 : Mx’d Messages, Curated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Live Ideas 2016: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region

Live Ideas 2015: S K Y – Force and Wisdom in America Today, Curated by Laurie Anderson

Live Ideas 2014: James Baldwin, This Time!

Live Ideas 2013: The Worlds of Oliver Sacks