Nettrice Gaskins Explores AfroFuturism In Virtual Worlds

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At IAfroFuturism, Ytasha interviews Nettrice Gaskins about AfroFuturism, art, math, science and virtual worlds. “I had to figure out how to immerse those who weren’t familiar with Afrofuturism using the virtual space. I wanted the avatars in the space to have an experience. I put up a gallery that allowed you to manipulate objects. I had the Cosmic Slop album which I recreated in 3D. There’s an Octavia Butler object where you could click on it and it took you to her literature. I linked Outkast. I played with fog and effects. At some point I started to get into Sun Ra a lot. People could come into the space and see [Afrika] Bambaataa’s Planet Rock. Then I stared working on a Sun Ra scepter, it was an Egyptian hieroglyphics for Ra.”

 

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