Dealing with questions of queer of color temporalities and black futures in dystopic times the Queer Frequency Modulation Collective interviewed Kara Keeling for a podcast. Her reflections echoed for quite a long while, which is why the collective chose to engage with the echo’s frequency and fashioned a sound installation. The radios the collective use in the installation refer back to Sun Ra´s technotopia of transmitting his philosophy of Astro-Blacks through sound.
Kara Keeling is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Keeling’s research has focused on African American film, theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema, critical theory, and cultural studies. Current research involves issues of temporality, media and black and queer cultural politics; digital media, globalization, and difference; and Gilles Deleuze and liberation theory. Keeling’s book, The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Duke University Press, 2007), explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. She is co-editor (with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West) of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead entitled European Pedigrees/ African Contagions: Racist Traces and Other Writing and author of several articles that have appeared in the journals Qui Parle, The Black Scholar, Women and Performance, and elsewhere. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Keeling worked as an associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies and of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and an assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC. She also held a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for two years after graduating with a PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Program in the Department of English. In the summer of 2005, Keeling participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on African Cinema in Dakar, Senegal. Keeling currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals boundary2 and Feminist Media Studies.