Charlotte artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry are the artistic forces behind Intergalactic Soul, the story of two young Black astronauts, Pluto and Astro, traveling the universe, encountering and confronting social issues related to Blackness.

In 2019, musician and poet Quentin Talley joined their storytelling collective, with each artist advancing the narrative within their specific mediumKiser and Woodberry produce the visual components—illustration, typography, animation, graphic design, and augmented reality (AR) installations—while Talley creates performative elements, including the music composed with his band, the Soul Providers.

These multimedia installations combine comic books and Afrofuturism, a genre akin to science fiction that explores issues specific to the African Diaspora. This fantastical space allows Pluto and Astro to explore the repressive social constructs faced by people of color every day with a sense of empowerment and invincibility.

For more information on Intergalactic Soul, visit the website or follow the artists on Instagram: @marcus_kiser; @imquentintalley@jason_woodberry

Being a Black male, I’ve always had a certain love for sci-fi, with its roots in social justice issues and history. Sci-fi is also strongly rooted in the imagination. I feel this combination and balance of content makes it easier to address or create much-needed conversations and to help audiences to relate to our experiences—what it’s like to be us.

– Marcus Kiser

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Constellation CLT is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Now in its third year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community, as well as activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in five places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator; on the landings of the Mezzanine and 3rd levels; and in the Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.