May 22 - May 22 2019

Public Lecture: «Black Atlantis: Retrograde Futurism», Ayesha Hameed

On April 29, 2006, a twenty-foot boat was spotted o the south-eastern
coast of Barbados. On board, eleven bodies were found by the coastguards,
preserved and desiccated by the sun and salt water. The ghost ship
was adri for four months on the Atlantic Ocean. It set sail on Christmas
day in Praia in the Cape Verde Islands, full of migrants from Senegal,
Guinea Bissau, and Gambia, en route to the Canary Islands. Each of these
men paid £890 for their place on the boat. Four months later the boat was
found on the coast of Barbados. This is an inadequate telling of this story
that draws on the materials and tools at hand to make sense of the complicity
of weather, ocean currents and state violence in the journey of this
ship. Hovering between the lm and the essay form is a questioning of the
adequacy of the measuring of histories and aects connected to crossing,
languages to make evident the materiality of the sea, and the both measurable
and immeasurable horror contained in the gure of the ghost ship.

— Ayesha Hameed’s moving image, performance and written work explore contemporary borders
and migration, and visual cultures of the Black Atlantic. Her projects Black Atlantis and A Rough
History (of the destruction of ngerprints) have been performed and exhibited internationally. She is
the co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017), which was nominated for a 2018 International
Center of Photography's Innity Award in the Critical Writing and Research category. She is currently
the Programme Leader for the MA in Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures
at Goldsmiths University of London.

Freilagerplatz 1
4142 Münchenstein
Hochhausgebäude D
Studiokino D0.01

Time: 6–8pm