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Afrofuturism and the archive: Robots of Brixton and crumbs

Bould, Mark


Mark Bould
Professor of Film and Literature


© Liverpool University Press. This article is concerned with questions of history, memory and meaning, and with the construction of Afrofuturism as both an archive and a living tradition. It will begin by outlining the origins of the term, and consider how its naming and initial explication in a popular article by Mark Sinker, interviews by Mark Dery and a film by John Akomfrah functioned as preliminary archivings, which in turn became parts of the archive they inaugurated. It will then turn to two recent Afrofuturist films which deal with history, temporality, semiosis and transformation in intriguing ways: Kibwe Tavares's six-minute short, Robots of Brixton (UK 2011), and Miguel Llansó's short feature, Crumbs (Ethiopia/Spain/Finland 2015).


Bould, M. (2019). Afrofuturism and the archive: Robots of Brixton and crumbs. Science Fiction Film and Television, 12(2), 171-193.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 19, 2016
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2016
Journal Science Fiction Film and Television
Print ISSN 1754-3770
Electronic ISSN 1754-3789
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 171-193
Keywords afrofuturism, archive, Miguel Llanso, Kibwe Tavares, John Akomfrah, Mark Sinker, Mark Dery, Kapwani Kiwanga
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Science Fiction Film & Television following peer review. The version of record: Mark Bould (2019) Afrofuturism and the archive. Science Fiction Film & Television, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 171-193 is available online at:


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