Day Two: Survival is An Art
Demonstrations of personal fortitude and ability, dealings with “natures” for art and the health of the art-making mindbody, transformations of the personal through time: justice in temporal-spatial context and resonances beyond the momentary situation
Preach R. Sun
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Capitalism yields artist as commodity as business person yields fuck that yields what would happen if I played by the structural rules of creating work as a performance artist as a means of destroying said structure. Watch my “process” bb. Let my demystification mystify you. My body is a tool for making money, my art should not be a tool for making money but also I’d like to eat regularly and enjoy nice soap without destroying myself for corporate America.
yon Tande (né Whitney V. Hunter) is a multidisciplinary artist, culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around cultivating the individual and collective spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through RISD Museum, chashama, Defibrillator, Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company and others. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club and is co-founder of with Denizen Arts: a creative collaborative performance project founded in 2016 with theatre/movement artist Jude Sandy. yon Tande is a Ph.D candidate / Driskell Fellow at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. http://whitneyhunter.com/
Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a Bessie-nominated composer, designer and performer, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. A current Issue Project Room Artist-In-Residence, his work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena. He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, often under the alias CROWNS. He has presented at the Brooklyn Museum, Newark Museum, Under The Radar at The Public Theater, The Studio Museum In Harlem, National Sawdust, The Jam Handy (Detroit), Tanz Im August at Hau3 (Berlin), American Realness at Abrons, Knockdown Center, Gibney Dance, FringeArts (Philadelphia), Judson Church, Stoa Cultural Center (Helsinki), MIT, Arts East New York, JACK, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), University Settlement, Harlem Stage, as well as on Dazed Digital, Complex, and Boiler Room.
PREACH R SUN
FREEDOM IS MY MISSION AND PRAXIS...I am a self-proclaimed fugitive. Which means I'm, a brazenly subversive and iconoclastic malcontent, on a mission to escape all boxes that circumscribe my being. Fugitivism is the name I've adopted to describe my purpose and voice. My work is informed by, struggle; and driven by a fervent desire for authentic liberation and social change
The word radical is defined as, grasping the root. As such Fugitivism is the radical process and praxis of action and expression. A process that requires the individual to find the essence of their own truth and voice. In order to find the authentic self, one must cast aside all fear, doubt and shame; relinquish all standards and societal expectations -- embrace your own power and speak your truth.
You see the ultimate goal of fugitivism is LIBERATION. Liberation of the individual as well as that of the masses; we must dare to unlock and awaken the radical spirit inside of us in order to re-member ourselves anew...TRULY FREE. Fugitivism therefore demands that we challenge all, conventional standards, beliefs, thoughts and practices, that we now uphold as sacred. Vandalize all temples condemn all hierarchies and curse all (dead) pretentious, pseudo intellectual and elitist driven, philosophies. Abandon all previously learned or accepted practices and methodologies. We must, “by any means necessary”, conjure and liberate that radical, and authentic, voice; that lies dormant in the soul of each and every individual. We must liberate ourselves from all (boxes and labels) that preclude us from -- truly living and being -- shaping and or defining ourselves, and our existence; on our own terms.
Fugitivism, as such, is the radical practice of accepting nothing and questioning everything. It is the effort to find ones true voice and foment authentic and radical expression that reflects the true individual perspective. Fugitivism is an idea born, albeit perhaps quixotically, out of the notion that it only takes one (life, soul, voice) to sow the seeds of liberation and change.
I am not an artist. I’m a conjurer and freedom is my praxis. I speak fromsoul. I am exorcising demons and revealing them to you. I am exposing the pain body. I am a negromancer, my magic is black and ancient. I am a criminal; a fugitive. My crimes are iconoclasm and liberation. I am the pitch black that invaded the vicissitudinous gaze of each and every doubting runaway slave who found themselves staring down the double barrel of Black Moses’ shotgun. I am the ghost of there is no turning back; the spirit of, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! No, I am not an artist and this is not art. I am casting spells.
I am ONE-MAN. I am a fugitive and my mission and purpose is not to create beautiful works of art... My mission is FREEDOM!.