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Head uptown this Thursday at 7pm for a rousing panel featuring artists Coco Fusco, Jacolby Satterwhite and Saya Woolfalk moderated by Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D. Enlightenment, Strange Mathematics & Rhythmic Equations: Afrofuturism and “STEAM" EducationThe program will introduce artists and their works in relationship to “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education. The discussion and supporting presentations will explore topics such as fractal geometry, quantum physics and symmetry, and how artists are working with scientists and mathematicians to create tools that inform future projects. Get your ticket here: http://bit.ly/KlHpLB
Image: John Akomfrah, Last Angel of History (still), 1995

shadowstookshape:

Head uptown this Thursday at 7pm for a rousing panel featuring artists Coco Fusco, Jacolby Satterwhite and Saya Woolfalk moderated by Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D. 

Enlightenment, Strange Mathematics & Rhythmic Equations: Afrofuturism and “STEAM" Education

The program will introduce artists and their works in relationship to “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education. The discussion and supporting presentations will explore topics such as fractal geometry, quantum physics and symmetry, and how artists are working with scientists and mathematicians to create tools that inform future projects. 

Get your ticket here: http://bit.ly/KlHpLB

Image: John Akomfrah, Last Angel of History (still), 1995

Performa 13 Pick: Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade 24 HR BALLAD

  • Friday, November 15, 12:00 pm - Saturday, November 16, 12:00 am (24 hrs) Fri Nov 15, 12pm to Sat Nov 16, 12pm 

Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) with Niv Acosta, Morgan Bassichis, Gregg Bordowitz, Quincy Flowers, Charles Gaines, Miguel Guttierez, Nick Hallett, Vishal Jugdeo, Zach Layton, Sara Magenheimer, Zavé Martohardjono, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Tavia Nyong’o, Jeanine Oleson, Jessica Posner, Katy Pyle, Matana Roberts, Marina Rosenfeld, Joshua Seidner, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Christine Sun Kim, and Saya Woolfalk. Presented in conjunction with Performa13.

Extending the narrative form past its own logical conclusion, the 24-Hour Ballad performance draws out one folk song for a full sun-cycle. Courtesy the Artists and collaborators will take a full day to explore “Black is the Color (Of My True Love’s Hair),” an Appalachian folk song with Scottish roots often associated with the Civil War, and later Civil Rights, through memorable interpretations by Nina Simone and Patty Waters. Meditating on the refrain, which suggests an array of affective positions and relations, the artists re-consider the text as an evocation of the non-blond.

Each artist and/or cultural producer will make a work responding to the folk song, scheduled for a different hour of the day, from noon Friday to noon Saturday. Improvisations, recitals, critiques and spectacles!

More info: http://13.performa-arts.org/event/courtesy-the-artists-malik-gaines-alexandro-segade

shadowstookshape.tumblr.com, the tumblr page accompanying the forthcoming Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition, The Shadows Took Shape has launched today!

The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years. 

The twenty-nine artists featured in The Shadows Took Shape work in a wide variety of media, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia installation. Participating artists include Derrick Adams, John Akomfrah, Laylah Ali, Edgar Arceneaux, Sanford Biggers, Edgar Cleijne + Ellen Gallagher, William Cordova (in collaboration with Nyeema Morgan and Otabenga Jones & Associates), Cristina De Middel, Khaled Hafez, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kira Lynn Harris, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Wayne Hodge, David Huffman, Cyrus Kabiru, Wanuri Kahiu, Hew Locke, Mehreen Murtaza, Wangechi Mutu, Harold Offeh, The Otolith Group, Robert Pruitt, Sun Ra, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Larissa Sansour, Cauleen Smith, William Villalongo and Saya Woolfalk. 

The Shadows Took Shape is organized by Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator and Zoe Whitley, independent curator. 

Images:

Top: Christina de Middle, Untitled (from “The Afronauts” series), 2007 
Bottom: Wanuri Kahiu, Screenshot from Pumzi, 2009 TRT 22:00