short poem uploaded on site.project’s in.oscillation series:
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Originally published on Southern Discomfort Zine (15/1/2018)
A disjunctive genealogy, some conjectures into the state of things. Reinscribed remembrances, no flag-waving exercises though.
I retro sweeps
A couple of retro sweeps swaying in the winds. Soul of A Nation a big-hitter. Abstraction, multimedia, sculpture, traced out through geographical scenes. Tate’s white walls. Industrial history.
Basquiat capturing all. Textures doubling, social immanence, colours the street onto canvas, the musicality seeping out reifying scenes of NY institutionality. The prehistory of/in the canvas. Never trust the sovereign [curator].
II Established abstraction to film to planetary / multimedia narration
Established abstraction played out with black Atlantan Frank Bowling, from Soul to a solo London Fishes, Wishes in Summer Blue (companion-NY-exhibition-took-place-simultaneous [Metropolitanblooms]). landscaped visions against shoreditch facades. And in that visionary planetarity a prefiguring already in that prehistoric predicament – the colour before / facing /
Akomfrah purple vigenettes shades of
Jarman blue screen multi-channeled
Industrialised reproduction / dystopic worldings
Keith Piper’s encoded research
Video variants on cultural critique— xx
Arthur Jafa snippets archived network(‘Love is the message and the message is death’)Digital interfaces textilic arrangement
Embodiment cut and undercut notorious and harlem Sages gurus sants auric tremblings avatar-ic historicity
Cut along the strand, desertions beached
(‘Everything at once’ was said)
III Future [transmedia]
Hannah Black’s ‘situation’
//Shredded sociality [‘Some Context’]
Kudzanai- Violet Hwami – fine art played through the digital Processed — reprocessed montage layed over emphasised embodiment social image ~~~ reinscribed
figuration on the white wall / baker street shopping bustle coffee cups
Elysia Crampton Aymara desedimentations Lectured rhythms cut-and-paste
Specified matrilineal flowed out transmedia Iconographic pre-histories
Dadi – repository Icons and images strewn and collected A deep-set aleatory archetype //animating animinsm crumbling visages deft tales in hanuman’s grasp