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Hannah Catherine Jones: Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk
Exploring the relationship between Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk through the art-music of Sun Ra and Wagner

THU 12 Jan 2017
8PM-11PM
Tape Projects
1/81 Bouverie St, Carlton

Entry by Donation


- Hannah Catherine Jones AKA Foxy Moron: Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk lecture-performance

- Atong Atem: video-performance

- Lucreccia Quintanilla: moderator

Hannah Catherine Jones is a London-based artist, researcher, radio presenter, composer and conductor, and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra.

Jones often performs under the pseudonym Foxy Moron, creating works that juxtapose ancient musical modalities (Mixolydian, Phrygian) with sci-fi timbres to produce what she calls ‘sonic antagonisms’. These ‘sounds in opposition’ are a vehicle for the artist to think through both the painful legacies of slavery and its continuing affects and effect, and also the conceptual possibilities of Afrofuturism – re-imagining the past whilst simultaneously looking towards the future. Foxy Moron performances are often sung in Zulu, reflecting the artist’s Caribbean/South African heritage and are understood by Jones as “a form of self-reparation – re-educating myself through decolonization.”

In this special lecture-performance Hannah Catherine Jones AKA Foxy Moron will use theremin, voice and video to speculatively explore the relationship between Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism and Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk, the subject of her doctoral research at University of Oxford.

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist and writer from Bor living in Narrm Melbourne. Her work explores postcolonial practices in the diaspora, the relationship between public and private spaces and the politics of looking and being looked at.

At Tape Projects, Atong will be presenting a new video performance work. More details to come!

Lucreccia Quintanilla is an artist and researcher who grew up in New York and El Salvador, coming to Australia at age 15. In recent years she has been exploring Jamaican Soundsystem cultures as a point of departure for thinking through cultural difference, collaboration, feminism, music/sound experimentation, and art.

Lucreccia will moderate this event and lead an open conversation with Hannah Catherine Jones at the end of the night.

A joint project by Liquid Architecture, Cyclopes, Crown Ruler and Tape Projects

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