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Nettrice Gaskins Explores AfroFuturism In Virtual Worlds

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Posted February 8, 2014

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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