TABLEAU I SPY:
The Shadows Took Shape
"The Shadows Took Shape" is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Episode 14. TRIANGLE TRADE.
Created in collaboration with @afrofuturist and Jérôme Havre with score by @justinhicksmusic and camera by @alyssa_elizabeth_emily ✨ Commissioned by Gallery TPW and PIA of Toronto. With epic generosity and support from @towardsatheory @sontagstripe and grand hospitality from #katherinemckittrick #rinaldowallcott #warrencrichlow #christinasharpe #dionnebrand @omonike @criticalnish and sooo many more lovely folk. I ❤️Toronto forever. For this period of isolation we can contemplate a tale of three lonely planets. Ice Planet, Volcano Planet, Ocean Planet. The diaspora together and alone communing and estranged. 🔵🔴🟣🧊🌋🌊💎💩🦀🌱🧤🌞🦇🥥🗺💙💜❤️ (Why is there no crow emojiiii? I use bats instead🤗)
Reed, Ishmael, "Mumbo jumbo", 1996, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster. (2017: Penguin Classics)
In Mumbo Jumbo, Reed speaks of the creation of an intrinsically ""black text"", which is manifested in ""Jes Grew"". ""Jes Grew"", Reed's ""virus"", alludes to the dissemination of uniquely African-American culture in the 1920s that ""traversed the land in search of its Text: the lost liturgy seeking its litany"". The ""Jes Grew"" virus influences people to listen to music, dance, and be happy. In many ways Jes Grew is like the funk. The infectious virus ultimately gets suppressed at the end of the plot of the novel. However, at the end of the novel, when Papa Labas is speaking to a college classroom in the 1970s, he talks about how the '70s are like the '20s again. He believes this is the time for Jes Grew to rise. In this instance Papa Labas taps into a similarity between the styles of music that Jes Grew needs to grow; '20s jazz and '70s funk share an aesthetic that calls people to dance. Jes Grew needs the physical expression of music to grow.