This essay exists as a record, a performance document and collaged concept map linking threads in an interstellar web charting the content of my lectures and presentations culled from over 25 years of study, teaching, sculpting, and performing, each coded element an entry point like portals to the vast arkestry of Afrofuturist future visioning. Highlights include references to performance ritual as the High Priestess of the Intergalactic Federation, Special Envoy to Mars, for the September 27, 2018 Decolonizing Mars/Becoming Interplanetary symposium convened by NASA/Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology Lucianne Walkowicz at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and content from performance-lecture-poetics for “Afro-Futurism and Time Travel” at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Art and Inquiry and from The Ramm Riff featuring Black Light Primal Nun ‘A’ at Red Bull Arts NY for No Guts, No Galaxy slide show series as part of programming for the exhibition Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder. This is an experimental collage, ideas and poetics intertwined, a performance-lecture-poetic in multiple stanzas, a Time Travel Riff from the outposts of Afro-Futurist vision …
Exhibitions, performances, screenings, actions and other events to keep you warm and active this month.
A conversation about ReformedSchool’s roots in Gaona’s dance practice and how fashion can be used to spread a message of empowerment and historical awareness.
Interdisciplinary artist from Links Hall and Honey Pot Performance fame discusses her South Side Chicago roots, and bootstrapping in a biased dance culture.
A response to A-lan Holt’s collection of poems on falling in and recovering from love.
Thoughts on the value of creative labor and performance from Darling Shear, Kiam Marcelo Junio and Sojourner Zenobia Wright.
A conversation with musicians from Elastic Arts’ series, Intersections.