Afro Hemispheric Performance digital workshop
Date08.07 - 08.21.2020
Afro Hemispheric Performance
Actions, Socially Public Participations, Rituals, and Ceremonies
Experimental Pedagogy and Curatorial Online Digital Workshop
The world is experiencing insurgent revisions of the modern colonial histories of oppressions (racial, gender, erotic and sexuality, class, age, ableism, language, ethnicity) upon the Indigenous, African, and Latinx bodies.
The experimental pedagogy and curatorial online digital workshop will take place during the month of August at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies’ website and at the Zoom digital online platform on August 7, 11, 14, and 21 from 4 to 6 pm EST.
Applications are due [EXTENDED!] Sun. July 26, at 7pm est.
The workshop aims to provide a safe space for 20 selected participants/performance artists who will be encouraged to develop projects geared towards healing the experience of modern coloniality after examining a group of performance artists, a series of critical texts, as well as performance exercises and creative abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a 2-3 minute performance piece to be presented via livestream as a future CAS program.
The digital performance workshop is designed as an interdisciplinary laboratory for performance artists interested in developing creative strategies and participatory actions establishing a connection between performance, poetry, drawing, body painting, experimental sound, installation, and participatory action. The workshop promotes a series of performance actions connected to themes such as political persona, networked memories, erotic sovereignty, staged actions, critical discourses/critical actions. The main goal is to dismantle the hierarchy of visuality implanted by Eurocentric colonial modernity and its aesthetics of the beautiful to incorporate Afro Diaspora understanding of the senses, sensing-thinking and participatory interactions into the practice of performance art.
The workshop is composed of four sections: 1) Performing Cimarron Decolonial Narratives; 2) Corporal Sensing: Tracing Memories and Marks of the Flesh; 3) Re-Writing the Archive: Ancestral Subjective, Ancestral, and Communal Memories; and 4) Public and Socially Engaged Ceremonies. Themes to be discussed are political persona, networked memories, erotic sovereignty, staged actions, critical discourses/critical actions, healing rituals, organizing mediated intercultural actions.
Afro Hemispheric Performance aims to converse with the multiple forms in which Afro Diaspora performance artists have manifested the effects of these modern colonial oppressions. Artists included in this critical, curatorial, and creative workshop are Papo Colo (Puerto Rico/USA) + Camille Turner (Barbados/Canada) + Vaginal Davis (USA/Germany) + Cauleen Smith (USA) + Carlos Martiel (Cuba/USA) + Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz(Puerto Rico/USA) + Javier Cardona (Puerto Rico) + Mendi and Keith Obadike (USA) + Charo Oquet (Dominican Republic/USA)+Ana Magdalena Campos-Pon (Cuba/USA)+Katie Numi (Belize) + Manuel Mendive (Cuba) + Lawrence Graham-Brown AKA Lawrence Campari (Jamaica/USA) + Teresa Diaz Nerio (Dominican Republic/ The Netherland) + Coco Fusco (USA/Cuba) + Polibio Díaz (Dominican Republic) + Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark/Trinidad and Tobago) + Humberto Velez (Panama/England) + Nyugen Smith (Haiti/USA) + Maritea Daehlin (Mexico/Norway) + Marton Robinson (Costa Rica) + E. Patrick Johnson (USA) + Brother(hood) Dance! (Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine) + Derrick Adams (USA) + Liliana Angulo Cortes (Columbia) + Lyle Haris and Thomas Harris (USA).
Additional support for this project by Critical Minded.