Derica Shields
writer & programmer


Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from London. Her work has appeared in the New Inquiry, Rookie, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, Flash Art and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a (now defunct) screening and discussion series centered on experimental, world-unravelling films. As part of a 2017 Triple Canopy commission, she is developing a multi-format oral history project centering on black people's accounts of the UK welfare state. She is also working on a book project commissioned by Hannah Black for a new Book Works series.


July 18 – Dec 18    Freelance Copy Editor, ICA London
Oct 15 – Jun 17     Features Editor, Rookie magazine 
Nov 14 – Jan 16     Contributing Editor, The New Inquiry
Dec 14 – Oct 15     Story Editor, Rookie magazine
Jan 13 – Mar 14     Content Manager, Studio Africa & Assistant Editor, Okayafrica

Selected Publications
2017 - Review: E. Jane’s ‘Lavendra’ at American Medium, Flash Art
2016 - Interview: Let You Be: A Conversation With Barry Jenkins,” ROOKIE
2016 - Interview: Life Syllabus: Santigold, ROOKIE
2016 - Feature: Blackface at the Tate, Live Art Almanac, Volume 4
2015 - Essay: Bodied, Girls Like Us
2014 - Essay: Face Me, I Face You, The New Inquiry

Teaching & Research
Jan 17 - Apr 17 Co-teacher w/ Fanta Sylla, Cinema in Black Pioneer Works, NY
Aug 13 - Nov 13 Archival Researcher for feature film, Cloud 8 Production
Aug 11 - May 12 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, NY

Programming & Events
2017 -  A Heavy Nonpresence, ICA, London
2014 - Video-Farm, Trans-Farm/Apexart, Detroit
2014 - The Future Weird, Afrofuturist Affair, Philadelphia
2014 - The Future Weird, Museum of Art and Design, NY
2014 - The Future Weird, Non-Resident Aliens, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - The Future Weird, Remote Control, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - In Search of a Black Atlantis, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - Visions of Excess, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, NY

2015 - MS African and African American Studies, Cornell University
    Dissertation: Conceptions of romantic love in contemporary West African literature

2009 - BA English (1st Class), University of Cambridge
    Thesis: Kumina in the work of Kamau Brathwaite