Shaping the Future
The Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture in New York City. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic, metaphysics, science, and technology. The movement 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. The BSAM convention was founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities Department at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. BSAM is a term that represents a wide spectrum of areas of inquiry, from Afrofuturism, African Futurism and Afro-Surrealism to Magical Realism and Science Fiction.
BSAM Canada started as an artist collective that was first coordinated by Quentin VerCetty and Kareen Weir, and launched at OCAD University (BSAM Toronto) in 2016. BSAM Canada is a non-profit organization that came to be in 2020 led by Queen Kukoyi and Nico Taylor, and is the northern branch of the global movement. BSAM Canada’s focus is to create a collaborative and supportive platform that can empower, elevate, and evolve Black creatives and organizations who work within the respective field of the speculative arts.
Through, projects, programs, and partnerships, the mission of BSAM Canada combines related theory and practice using a speculative lens to create a better future and possibilities for the next generation by focusing on five areas of inquiry: taking Care of the mind, body, and energy; developing a critical vocabulary; community economics and sustainability; cultivating inter-disciplinary insight and global citizenship for the Black Pan-African diaspora.