The multimedia, genre-bending song cycle #UNWANTED is written for a unique ensemble that includes voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, synthesizers, and electronics interacting with video and visuals by Monique Muse Dood. #UNWANTED highlights the ways in which technology reinforces oppressive social relations that deepen gender and racial inequity. Al-Sabir focuses on Black people’s experience in the digital realm while engaging topics such as navigating spaces of whiteness, unwelcome DMs, online relationships, the need for weed, and what it means to create and strongly value a virtual community and home.
June 1-2, 2019
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave
Curated by Aya Clarke + Jess Jupiter
New Voices in Live Performance invites curators to shape a weekend of performances and events at CPR that highlight creative practices in dance, theater, and performance art. This season will consist of two distinct weekends of work.
Walking With Water will be a weekend of events centering around environmental racism and justice, land sovereignty, and healing the Earth through ancestral spiritual practices. These themes will be explored through life performance, workshops, and multimedia installations.
Saturday June 1 | 12-2:30pm
Visual Installation by Shanee Shanté
Capoeira workshop and performance by Capoeira Muçurumim
(Re)membering, performance and workshop by Kiana Parsons & Onyx Engobor
Walking with Water Panel
Sunday June 2 | 1-4pm
1:30-1:45 PM Weightless, an interactive digital media installation and performance by Monique Muse Dodd
Lost Kingdoms by Imani Dennison
Water Sound Bath by Adrian Martinez
2pm: Workshop led by Ayasha Guerin
This year’s art was selected by both open call and invitation. 400 artists submitted more than 1,600 works of art to the open call, and of these, about 20% were selected. The submissions were reviewed by a committee of art professionals who made recommendations to the WPA staff. The majority of artists participating were identified through this process. An additional dozen or so were invited by WPA’s staff
Presenters: Martina Dodd, Monique Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen, Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Organized by Martina Dodd, Atlanta University Center
Selected via Open Call
History is like a ghost that haunts our present through memory, subjectivity, and temporality. It refuses to go away; yet at times it is forgotten, misinterpreted, and altered. Buried deep in the recesses of our minds and shelved away in the allegorical graveyard of the archive, moments of the past live on forever. It is the act of remembering and recontextualizing that resuscitates such moments and breathes new life into their stories.
The panel of artists and curators explore the politics and poetics of remembering and (re)imaging their familial legacy within the African Diaspora while revising its omission within the lens of American history. This panel will focus on the research methods and creative processes of visual artists and curators who utilize both personal and public archives to explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. By examining the panelists’ interwoven roles of historian, archivist, and artist they will seek to critique and analyze the ways historical accounts are recorded and disseminated.
Deemed a “rising musical mastermind" by the Examiner, composer and vocalist Tariq Al-Sabir presents selections from his multi-media, genre-bending song cycle #UNWANTED at the Atrium. Written for a unique, ten-piece ensemble that includes voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, synthesizer, and electronics, this poignant piece centers on Black people’s navigation through social media and access to technology. It examines several ways in which prejudices, phobias, racisms, and more transform themselves to exist online. Al-Sabir, who has premiered and performed commissioned works at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, National Sawdust, and MoMA, explores what it means to create and find a virtual community and home, as the cycle communicates in real-time with film.
Video direction by Monique Muse Dodd
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Both exhibitions are mixed media, highlighting narratives of the Black American suburban experience. Black Americans are presented frequently as homogeneous urban people in mass media; this show challenges that notion by presenting nuanced representations of the Black experience in suburban settings. The exhibitions look to investigate how we define the “American Dream” and if the pursuit of that aspiration incorporates elements that affirm our Blackness. The exhibition engages other other unifying themes, including:
migration, place-making, regional identity, family, political incorporation, education, and childhood.
Love is the only true act of Resistance: films from QTPOC
( Queer, Trans*, People of color)
"In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. " - unknown
Please join ARoS Artist Collective-in-Residence, Flux Factory, for a once in a lifetime experience at the STRICTLY BUSINESS MARTINI AUCTION in the ARoS Atelier. Prepare yourselves to be dazzled as one-of-a-kind signature art martinis are auctioned off to an eager and possibly thirsty public.
Queer(ing) Pleasure illustrates the radical queer potential of pleasure, challenging the too-often limited, white, hetero-centric logic of the erotic. Ignited by Audre Lorde’s inquiry, forty years ago, into the erotic as power, the exhibition investigates the ways in which pleasure is an “unexpressed and unrecognized” feeling.
Film screening and artist talk with artists Monique Muse Dodd and Emireth Herrera
to Bare the Rose ||| a visual memoir is a solo self-exploration of intimacy and trauma under love. This memoir recounts, redefines, and relearns truths of Black Queer Femme Love, and the ways violence retaliates against it. It is an interdisciplinary work encompassing movement, film, voice-overs, installation, and poetry to share the encounters of a lover who fails to love the self and others at the same time. This competition between self-love and self-lost manifests a need for truth seeking and vulnerability through memory. to Bare the Rose is itself a healing journey through acts of self-research, creating, and baring.
Videos by Monique Muse Dodd
March 27 @ 9pm, March 28 & 31 @ 7pm
A multimedia song cycle written for a unique ensemble (including voice, actor, woodwinds, brass, percussion, synthesizer and electronics) by Tariq Al- Sabir that communicates real-time with film, focusing on the present trauma and cynical frustrations that plague social media oriented Black Millennials.
With Video Projections by Monique Muse Dodd