This second night of programming for 'Towards a Black Testimony' features artist talks and a performance by Black Quantum Futurism.
For the Saturday events go to: Towards a Black Testimony and 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙮 Towards a Black Testimony.
In 'Towards a Black Testimony', the London-based artistic and curatorial duo Languid Hands (comprised of Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot) brings together artists, thinkers, writers, listeners and speakers, wanderers and wonderers, to explore the complexity of Black Testimony. In the exhibition space of Stroom Den Haag, Languid Hands will present their new moving image work 'Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer, Protest, Peace' (commissioned by Jerwood Arts, London, UK). The work will be on view at Stroom from 26 October until 20 December 2019.
Drawing on archival imagery, Black geographies, and the dying declarations of Black Martyrs, the 40-minute film examines Black Testimony as obscured, ignored and undermined. This work borrows its subtitle - Prayer, Protest, Peace - from the third track on jazz drummer and composer Max Roach's 1960 album We Insist! which features jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln. Using this composition as the underlying structure for the film itself, Languid Hands presents three chapters or mediations on death and dying and consider the im/possibility of Black Testimony. The script draws from a variety of well and lesser known Black texts, weaving the audience through a performative lecture written and delivered by Imani Robinson and carefully annotated by Rabz Lansiquot's archival exploration.
Schedule for Sunday 27 October 2019
Artist round table featuring Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, Rebecca Bellantoni, Shenece Oretha, Rabz Lansiquot, and Imani Robinson.
Black Quantum Futurism performance (title TBC)
Black Quantum Futurism is a collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) & Rasheedah Phillips. They will present an immersive performance in response to the themes of Towards a Black Testimony of which sound is a central element. Their performances include voice, the live composition of electronic music and noise, film and three dimensional setting. BQF is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space.