Stephanie Obasi photographed by Oye Diran.
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (2013)
“In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore.
From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book’s topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism.
With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.”
By Ytasha L. Womack
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This completely self-sufficient, lightweight mobile home makes remote living feasible practically anywhere. The bug-like shell of the SCARAB houses every necessary amenity for modern-day living – including an on-board kitchen, a shower and lavatory, sleeping bunks, adaptable storage and work areas, freshwater holding tanks, an on-board water filtration system and battery cells. Eric Wang designed the SCARAB to be constructed using methods and materials used in the aerospace and nautical industries.
The hull of the SCARAB is made from reinforced carbon fiber, which makes it lightweight and highly-impact resistant. The height-adjustable leveling base makes the house adaptable to any terrain configuration, as well as in shallow waters up to depths of 8 feet (2.5 meters). It can also be anchored further away from the shore thanks to the pontoon base included in the design.
A unique system of rotation locks hold together the four major panels of the hull. Any damaged parts of the house can quickly replaced without compromising the structural integrity of the SCARAB. The interior floor panel conceals a large matrix of battery cells as well as an emergency backup generator.
Freshwater holding tanks and an on-board filtration system can sustain two occupants for up to two weeks. Clean air and optimal temperatures are ensured through the use of a centralized air-filtration and climate control system.
Via Yanko Design