jaamil olawale kosoko American Chameleon. The Living Installments

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The Art of Assembly
The Art of Assembly
XXIII: Gathering (in the) Cloud. Digital Performance Beyond Zoom (Kent Bye, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Sarah Rothberg & Florian Malzacher)
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From the stage, to the living room, to outdoor screenings, to fantasy, to the privacy of one’s own bedroom, dance animates physical life – but with what? Over the years since the pandemic, dance artists have had to negotiate how their work meshes with digital social systems in order to create new channels for audience  engagement.
In his lecture jaamil olawale kosoko discuss the process of creating their 2020 performance suite, American Chameleon: The Living Installments, which operates as a hybrid multimedia living artwork that aims to hold grief while also centering themes of liveness, beauty, humor, care, and joy. The project, which has occurred across multiple interfaces including the gaming platform Discord, reflects an experiment in creating a flexible space where QTBIPOC+ voices feel comfortable thinking and speaking out loud.

Part of Episode XXIII: “Gathering (in the) Cloud. Digital Performance Beyond Zoom”
With Kent Bye, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Sarah Rothberg & Florian Malzacher

19. April 2023 – ln the metaverse at nowhere.io
In partnership with Max Media Art Xploration & ONX Studio

Biography

jaamil olawale kosoko is a multi-spirited Nigerian American author, performance artist, and curator of Yoruba and Natchez descent originally from Detroit, MI. jaamil’s practice is conceptual, process-based, and interdisciplinary from within a corporeal modality. kosoko moves across the creative realms of live art performance, video, sculpture, and poetry using both cultural and academic idioms. As an educator and community organizer, they approach politics and education as extensions of their creative practice. Through rooted ritual and spiritual practice, embodied poetics, Black critical studies, and queer theories of the body, kosoko conjures and crafts perpetual modes of freedom, healing, and care when/where/however possible. jaamil is the author of Black Body Amnesia: Poems and Other Speech Acts, released Spring 2022 blending poetry and memoir, conversation and performance theory as means to tell a personal narrative. In Fall of 2020, jaamil was appointed the 3rd annual Alma Hawkins Visiting Chair at UCLA World Arts & Cultures/Dance Department.

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