My first translated work. French naturally. "Techniques Mixtes, Dimensions Variables." An essay in the form of a semiotic flaneur's traipse around New York riffing on the landscapes painted by Wu Tang Clan and even Outkast. Appears in the French edition of #talesoftwocities an anthology on the socio-economic imbalances of #NewYork edited by John Freeman and published by Penguin Randomhouse & ActesSud in France. Also featuring writing from Garnette Cadogan Teju Cole Lydia Davis, Junot Diaz, Mark Doty, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dinaw Mengestu, Colum McCann, Taiye Selasi & many more...
Last week saw a deep poignant discussion unfold between award-winning novelist Joanna Kavenna, writer Garnette Cadogan, John Freeman and myself for the Berlin launch of issue two of Freeman's Journal. Themed family, we used this entry point as a way to scour the grit of how we are adapting (or not) to a rapidly changing world.
Manifesta performance piece coming up! I'm developing some new work for next year. Entitled 'Superimposition' it is a meditation on synthesized violence and propaganda, hopefully to take exhibition/book form. In the meantime I'll be testing it out as a one off performance at Manifesta. Helping me execute this ode will be brilliant butoh performer and dancer Valentin Tszin. If you can, get down to Zurich on 17 SeptemberRead More
The image can lie, but the skin cannot.
I've contributed a short text to the publication Loose Associations edited by Daniel C. Blight , which accompanies 'Made You Look' (Dandyism & Black Masculinity) curated by Ekow Eshun . My text entitled 'Cloaks' is loosely based on ‘The Hypocrites’ in Canto XXIII of Inferno. For their punishment, they are forced to wear coats or cloaks that are beautiful on the outside, but lined inside with heavy lead, forcing them to bend over and struggle to move.
"Even now, I have lucid visual memories of my really early years…"Read More
Next up a short film commissioned for Piano Day 2016. Piano Day was initiated by Nils Frahm last year as a worldwide celebration of the piano, supported by a series of events, performances and works of art. My film will be premiered on 28 March at the De Montford Suite of the Town Hall Hotel, London.Read More
WHO DO WE BECOME WHEN WE ARE ANONYMOUS?
The live arts cabaret Local Transport begins its residency at Southbank Centre with three immersive works by leading artists, writers and thinkers that explore what anonymity means to us now, and how it protects us from surveillance, permanence, isolation, injustice and consequence. What happens when you strip identity away and leave only the message?Read More
I joined one of the select panels for the Berlinale Critics Week with seminal film artist Lewis Klahr. We discussed his recent work Sixty Six and the boundaries of definition we create within art and film.
An audio recording of a panel discussion at the Royal Society of Literature as part of the launch of Freeman's Journal. The panel consisted of editor and writer John Freeman, novelists Tahmima Anam and Kamila Shamsie and myself.
A TEDx Talk
Our lives are massively bombarded by images. Should we celebrate that fact or dread its consequences? As a creator of images, Michael Salu is interested in communication they provoke. Can communication through images nd our advancement with digital experiences actually help us reach a greater level of empathy for each other? Or should we fear the reverse?
Michael Salu's story The Nod explores identity through virtual reality and appears in issue 1 (Arrival) of Freeman's Journal.
I spoke with Freeman's Journal about some of the underlying elements structure my recent art practice, which is manifesting in both text and image as I explore the representation through the physical and the digital.
Freeman's Journal landed at new bookshop Liberia in February as preview event before the shop's official opening. I joined editor John Freeman and short story writer extraordinare Helen Simpson in a discussion about migration, what drives us to write, where we find characters and how we talk about the world.
Has access to hard data actually helped us to know more than before?
What can't Big Data tell us? What does all of this information mean for the unknowable, the intangible, the essential mystery of life?
Local Transport presents three short, sharp, multimedia performances from innovative artists and writers.
Michael Salu & Rut Blees Luxemburg, Natasha Caruana and Catherine Anyango take the stage for fifteen minutes each. They tell stories of love at first sight, dystopia and Big Data using words, photography and illustration.
I held a moment on stage, as did Anne Carson, Colum McCann, Garnette Cadogan, Honor Moore, Tahmima Anam, Laura van den Berg & Ishion Hutchinson to read a segment from our contributions to the inaugural edition of Freeman's Journal last September in front of a packed room of about 700 people. A definite career highlight for me.