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Live Spirit Strategies through Performative Sound

Live Spirit Strategies through Performative Sound

het nieuwe instituut

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Since 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut has conducted a collaborative, live research into the politics of video culture, and its role as a public space for activism and emancipation. Following this interest, the artist collective The Ummah Chroma (Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas, Kamasi Washington, Bradford Young) has been invited to conceive a physical space in Rotterdam, inspired by their music film AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF (2019).

Titled G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy on Raising Free Black Children, the ritual space is the first installation designed by The Ummah Chroma, and their inaugural project in The Netherlands. Its distinct sensorial language, a result of the artists’ interdisciplinary and synergetic practice, aims to provide a sacred space where to explore forms spirituality, and self-expression, Black futurity, and retro-causality.

Tonight’s program Live Spirit Strategies through Performative Sound translates the intention behind the installation into a global performative sound meditation.
The event starts with an incantation. There are performances by artists, musicians, writers and poets, coming together in a global sound meditation. Audiences from around the world are invited to take part. Everyone is welcome on this sonic journey to share and reflect in community.

With The Ummah Chroma’s Terence Nance and Marc Thomas, Erin Wile, Burniss Earl, John & Debi Medeski, Pat Surdam & Maryn Azoff from Cura Cura and Tribe of Love (from USA), Lauri Faggioni (from Mexico), Yannick Hiwat, Nevill Mitchell Martins, Unorthadox & Eni-less, Eve Bion, Lisette Ma Neza (from Rotterdam), The Nest (from Kenya), Nash Caldera (from Curaçao) and Johny Pitts (from the UK).

Please have a candle, lighter or matches and water ready to participate in the blessings. This program will be recorded and might be publicly used afterwards. We are looking forward to sharing this space together with you.

Still from AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF (2019), The Ummah Chroma.