hacking time mines

Saul William’s fan­tas­tic musi­cal fea­ture Nep­tune Frost (2022), sets the tone for the coali­tion series “Hack­ing Time Mines”. In the Afro­fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi musi­cal, the myth­i­cal encounter of a miner and the inter­sex Nep­tune sparks a hacker com­mu­ni­ty’s rebel­lion against neo-colo­nial­ism and gender restric­tions. Nep­tune Frost is a thrilling explo­ration of queer­ness, romance, col­lec­tive resis­tance and the role of the medium of music within it. Its non-linear nar­ra­tive modes, blur­ring the lines between dreams and real­i­ty, in-between the past, the present and the future, make it a vivid exam­ple of cycli­cal tem­po­ral­i­ty that is rooted in African and Afro-dias­poric cosmologies. There are many genealog­i­cal traces to Afro­fu­tur­ist vision­ary Sun Ra’s bril­liant sci-fi movie Space is the Place (1973). Space is the Place looks out­ward, beyond the earth­ly con­fines, and takes music as a vehi­cle for space travel, as well as a hacker’s device, to decode and recode the dom­i­nant scripts of real­i­ty. Sun Ra sees him­self, as an African Amer­i­can, as being left out of Euro­cen­tric his­to­ry books – as his story – and is rather inter­est­ed in mys­tery that he … read more


Matthias De Groof
Belgium, Congo 2018 | 46 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 21-May-23 04:30 PM
Q&A via Zoom with:
Matthias De Groof, Mehkar Azari Kiyoso
In the middle of a photo ses­sion in the Royal Museum for Cen­tral Africa in Bel­gium, a pho­tog­ra­ph­er is dis­turbed by the images cap­tured, macabre mem­o­ries, a mau­soleum of his … read more


Maisha Maene
Congo 2022 | 14 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 21-May-23 04:30 PM
Q&A with:
Maisha Maene
An ’afro­naut’ emerges from the wreck­age of a space­ship in the vol­canic crater of Mount Nyi­ragon­go. As he descends into the city below, encoun­ter­ing the people of present-day Goma, he … read more


Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams
Rwanda, USA 2021 | 105 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sat, 20-May-23 03:00 PM
Q&A with:
Maisha Maene, Pius Vögele (Uni Basel)
Already hailed as a future cult film, this lav­ish­ly dec­o­rat­ed musi­cal impress­es with its rich­ness of asso­ci­a­tions. In a fan­tas­tic vision of the future, many con­tem­po­rary issues appear bun­dled and … read more


Wanuri Kahiu
Kenya 2009 | 21 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 21-May-23 04:30 PM
The film is set in the East African region, 35 years after World War III, in a world with no water and toxic soil. The story is told through the … read more


John Coney
USA 1974 | 85 Min. | engl. subtitled

Fri, 19-May-23 10:00 PM
Q&A with:
Pius Vögele

Jazz legend Sun Ra plays with sev­er­al nar­ra­tive levels in this multi-lay­ered futur­is­tic sce­nario. First, the film is based on his music and the con­cept album of the same name. He him­self has dis­ap­peared after a Euro­pean tour - along with his Arkestra to anoth­er planet. After years they return to final­ly free the black pop­u­la­tion from the clamps of colo­nial­ism and cap­i­tal­ism. This mis­sion turns out to be a wild mix­ture of con­cert per­for­mance, thriller, blax­ploita­tion comedy and social satire. In a card game with the pimp king of Chica­go the fate of the blacks is to be decid­ed (com­par­i­son quite pos­si­ble with the Faus­t­ian duel as for exam­ple with Bergman). When Sun Ra is going to lose, the flight into space sets in and it seems that the earth will be destroyed. 

The his­toric 35mm film has been restored by Rapid Eye Movies and dig­i­tized for the first time in the  Acad­e­my format 1:1.33. 

John Coney co-direct­ed PINK FLOYD: GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS, UK 2016, and pro­duced HARD CORE by Walter de Maria, USA 1969. 

Direc­tor: John Coney
Script: Sun Ra, Joshua Smith
Key Cast: Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Ray­mond John­son, Christo­pher Brooks


Kantarama Gahigiri
Rwanda, Switzerland 2019 | 10 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sat, 20-May-23 03:00 PM
Q&A with:
Cheryl Isheja (via zoom), Kantarama Gahigiri (via zoom), Pius Vögele (Uni Basel)
There she stands, con­fi­dent­ly, like a god­dess of tech­no­log­i­cal junk, sur­round­ed by end­less moun­tains of rub­bish, plas­tic, stench and rare earths. An angry appeal to the world to take respon­si­bil­i­ty … read more