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Hacking Black Futures


Wed, Jan 17, 2018 — Sun, Jan 21, 2018




Free, but suggested donation to BAND and OCAD University Black Youth Design Initiative

Location Accessible

BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre

19 Brock Avenue, Toronto, ON


Media preview: Mon, Jan 15, 10am-12pm
Opening reception: Wed, Jan 17, 6pm-9pm

Daily Hours


12:00 pm

6:00 pm


12:00 pm

6:00 pm


12:00 pm

6:00 pm


1:00 pm

5:00 pm


The Hacking Black Futures exhibition presents design speculations on Black-centric societies that are devoid of oppression, discrimination, and systemic racism. What do these societies look like? How do they function? How can these futures be achieved? The exhibition provides opportunities to explore these questions in an immersive and collaborative environment.

Using two floors of the BAND [Black Artists Network Dialogue] Gallery, the exhibition displays works of design speculation across various mediums, including prototypes, videos, and interactive experiences. As a home in a new Black society, each work reimagines the technologies and systems that effect the experiences of fictional members. Participants interact with the installations and provide crowd-sourced models of their own ideas of utopia, identity, and diversity.

Co-curators, Andre Baynes and Chiedza Pasipanodya, showcase the inter-generational talents of twenty OCAD University Black-identified designers/makers and partners. They explore Black futures in the areas of:

Food sovereignty: How might Black societies control our own food systems?

The social economy: Capitalism is directly implicated in the past and contemporary enslavement of Black peoples. What comes after capitalism? How could we create equitable economic eco-systems?

Sustainable living & biomimetic design: How might these speculative Black societies be more conscious about the objects they make, “buy,” use and throw away?

The maker revolution: The proliferation of digital fabrication tools and open source platforms has enabled Black communities to create things. How might we improve access to such tools and ensure they have positive impact on Black societies?

The Hacking Black Futures exhibition aims to directly address the erasure of Black people in speculative design as well as represent the growing ownership of our own future narratives and practices of making.

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Ene Agi, Andre Baynes, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Denzel Arthur, Jem Babtiste, Toni Cater, Lequanne Collins-Bacchus, Thomas Graham, Shane Laptiste, Ashley Lewis, Maisha Marshall-Ende, Renee Mathews, Kelvin Mendie, Camille Mitchell, Addae Nurse, Michael Otchie, Kimani Peter, Peter Scott, Olivia Spence