Artist Talk: Evan Ifekoya and Fumi Okiji

Image courtesy of Evan Ifekoya and Fumi Okiji.
Image courtesy of Evan Ifekoya and Fumi Okiji.

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Join us for a live, online conversation with scholar, vocalist and improvisor Fumi Okiji and artist Evan Ifekoya about black feminist love-politics and hyper-relationality.

This talk will expand upon Evan Ifekoya’s sound installation Prophetic Map I: Toju Ba Farabale (2019) and the essay ‘Melanin-O-Phonic Space Or, The Speaker Body As Totem’ (2019), published on Arts.Black and available here.

Chaired by Keisha Bruce.

This event is part of Sonic Continuum, our multi-platform research programme that investigates practices of world-making through sound, both as a force that constitutes the world and a medium for producing knowledge about it.

Online. Free. This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.

Keisha Bruce is a Midlands4Cities-funded PhD researcher in Black Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research explores black women’s digital visual cultures on social media with a particular focus on how identity is mediated, and diasporic community is fostered online through processes of visuality and affect. Her wider interests include popular culture, digital media studies, and transatlantic music cultures and black girlhood in Britain.

Evan Ifekoya is an artist and energy worker whose practice spans sound, text, video, and performance to place demands on existing systems and institutions of power, as well as recentre and prioritise the experience and voice of those previously marginalised. They established the collectively run and QTIBPOC (queer, trans*, intersex, black and people of colour)-led Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) in 2018. Recent exhibitions and performances include Liverpool Biennial (2020); De Appel, Amsterdam (2019); Gasworks, London (2018) Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4 (2017); and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016); among others.

Fumi Okiji is a London-born, California-based scholar and performing jazz vocalist. She is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkley where she works across black study, critical theory, and sound and music studies. Her research and teaching looks to black expression for ways to understand modern and contemporary life. Her book Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited (2018) is a sustained engagement with Theodor Adorno’s idea concerning the critical potential of art. She is currently working on a forthcoming book, Billie’s Bent Elbow: The Standard as Revolutionary Intoxication. Okiji is a member of Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective.

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