Animisms, Those Queer Transmissions (Part One) 6/4/2022

Animisms, Those Queer Transmissions (Part One)
Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 2PM

Animisms, Those Queer Transmissions is a performance and film series featuring the works of black queer artists exploring the connections between sentient and non-sentient subjects and objects. Part One of this ongoing study defines aliveness as less about flesh and bone and more about imagination and the power to imbue. The privilege of sentience is to declare subjectivity and perhaps, also to expand those parameters. storäe michele and Dr. Elyse Ambrose use the methodologies of story-telling, testimony and avatar production to represent the dynamics created when their bodies intersect with the intangible power of ancestral wisdom and the invisible process of making belief. Make believe is a powerful force that enables us to imagine something that isn’t full present in the moment. This work uncovers the various pathways through which the invisible speaks and becomes “alive”. The project, Animisms, Those Queer Transmissions is about locating the “life” and utility of non-human animated forces, making them substantial, of substance.

storäe and Elyse are afro-futurist time-travelers who animate relationships between buildings and oceans, while creating “an alchemy of freedom” and a space where black queerness works as the key to deciphering the evolving process of liberation.

After the film screening, there will be a discussion with the artists.

Curated by:
Jaguar Mary X

With works by:
storäe michele and Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.