Collaboration with Ima-Abasi Okon.
I’m Gonna Love You A Little M-O-R-E baby [Dinaala nob, dila nob, dila nob, duma def ludul gen laa nob sama saajabaan 1.Xan bugom, bugom, bugom bo ɓaat o ndik o dunkuuñ, Ndoog Je vais t'aimer, t'aimer t'aimer juste un petit peu plus, chéri(e)],
DAK’ART 2018, BIENNALE OF DAKAR, DAKAR, SENEGAL 03 MAY 2018 - 02 JUN 2018
NAMING RIGHTS @ THOMAS DANE GALLERY: 'Baste On Narration' 2017 (Series 2014 - Present)
As part of the exhibition Naming Rights at Thomas Dane Gallery. My scheduled solo presentation will be from 12pm Thursday 24th August - 12pm Friday 25th August. Please see the attached timetable for further details of the shows schedule. ( Decoding: Vertical=Time, Horizontal= Date).
Look forward to seeing you then.
‘I’m Gonna Love You A Little M-O-R-E Baby’ Saturday 26th August 6: 30pm to 8pm
V22 Summer Club, V22 Louise House, Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3HZ
Collaborating on a sound performance with artist Ima-Abasi Okon. Experimenting with live and pre-recorded material, transmitting via Skype, between Ima based in residence in Tuscany and myself in London.
Naming Rights at Thomas Dane Gallery, No.11 Duke St , St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN
22nd August - 20th September. (Solo presentation: Friday 25th August)
For the first three weeks of the exhibition, each artist's works will be shown as a solo presentation in the main exhibition space for a little more than one day each in turn. My solo presentation will be shown on the Friday 25th August. Then on the 13th of September, all the works will return together, re-placed to their ‘original position’ with a public event from 6pm - 8.30pm involving a music performance at 7:30pm, the composition of which will mimic the structure of the exhibition.
CMYK 9TH FEB-5TH MAR 2017
Check out my conversation with Kayo & Euro Veezy on their podcast Substance x Texture (SxT). Really enjoyed conversing with these two gentleman and really like what they're doing and building.
An event organised by both Tate Exchange and 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. I will be screening my video commission by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning in response to their gallery archive. Artist Delaine Le Bas will also be presenting her response to the archive and we'll both be discussing our work. Reflecting on exchange relationships between the commissioner and the maker.
In September I had the opportunity to take part in a series of touring performances with Electronic Voice Phenomena. (EVP) Traveling Edinburgh, Liverpool and London.
The performance piece I presented was a live narration taken from Charles Dickens 1842 travel writing ‘American Notes’. The section I recite from in this book is Dickens description of the dancer Master Juba performance. (Master Juba is regarded by some as the first black performer in the United States and the inventor of tap dancing) Dickens description of seeing Master Juba perform in New York helped him reach wide fame and international popularity.
The live reading was merged with a projected, edited segment from Andrew Stones 1942 film ‘Stormy Weather’ with its all star black cast. (During a conflicting era in Hollywood in having Black lead roles) Including Leana Horne, Cab Callowey, Bill Robinson, Nicholas Brothers. Focusing on the famous dance performance by the Nicholas Brothers, the narrated text was read in time in fitting in pace with movie.
I arrived at this piece whilst researching work for another project and came to read ‘American Notes’. At around the same time that I was also researching The Nicolas Brothers. Initially merging the text with just the dance sequence, and later realizing there were more matches within this particular section of the book and the film.
The natural fit of the two materials raise questions of Charles Dickens and Andrew Stones as commentators rather than change makers and the relation this has within today’s politics.
Having a gap of one hundred years between the two works, both artists put at the centre of celebration an African American culture that they are not apart of, adopting the position of immobile cultural viewers. Avoiding a self -critical look at there own conventional perceptions. In light of the current focus on the United States, I feel that a self-critical question is one worth asking.
To give an idea of how this was presented live, I have dubbed the section I use from the movie with a pre-recorded reading from American Notes.
Hope you enjoy!
Last month at The Showroom in London, both myself and Kodwo Eshun had the pleasure of being joined in conversation with Louis Chude-Sokei, around his most recent book 'The Sound of Culture (Diaspora and Black Technopoetics)' to discuss the mutual implication of posthumanism, Postcoloniality, Afrofutrism and Cybertheory.
As a great admirer of Louis's work it was an honour to have him in person, continuing from our Skype discussion earlier in April 2016 at Cubitt.