I'm going to be speaking in a couple of days (MAY 24) at the 'Afro Berlin' symposium, deconstructing autonomous societal 'swarms' and who dictates the polarised narratives, languages and new moralities we must abide by.
The next issue (not pictured) of biannual Italian magazine Archvio, will feature a new story from me. Entitled 'Black Hands' it dives right into the residual decay of PTSD and explores the codependency of ritual and sacrifice through the manic neuroses of a gulf war veteran. more soon.
Excited to return to The Lemon Tree House in 2018 as Artist/Writer in residence again. If you're a budding writer then this tranquil corner of Tuscany and the team makes for a great environment to reflect and connect.
And here's something a little different. Pleased to be part of the campaign to launch Mr Porter's debut collection which features four creative men including yours truly. I talk a little about my cross disciplinary approach and its foundations. Read the full article and watch the film here
In May I spoke at #Narrative17 a conference held by the Initiative of Narrative Journalism in Amsterdam. Fellow speakers included journalists such as chair Jaqcui Banaszynski, CNN's John Sutter & NPRs Lulu Miller. My talk was an overview of my current thinking space on the altering of perception, new instant mythologies and the binary relationship between aggregation of information and obfuscation. Exploring the relationship between all this and accelerated technologies on is the essence of my current fiction and art project, also looking at the potential power of fiction as a critical device in these new spaces.Read More
I was invited as artist-in-residence by the wonderful people at The Lemon Tree residency in Tuscany. Two weeks of holding craft talks, stimulating conversations about practice, life and food with a varied and dynamic group of writers and artists, whilst still managing to work. Highly recommended!
A bit of literary news, whilst I finish my book. The anthology I contributed a little while ago on the inequality of New York now has a Chinese edition. Edited by John Freeman, Tales of Two Cities includes words from an incredibly rich host of luminaries. With contributions from: DAVID BYRNE, GARNETTE CADOGAN, BILL CHENG, TEJU COLE, LYDIA DAVIS, JONATHAN DEE, JUNOT DÍAZ, MARK DOTY, DAVE EGGERS, JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER, TIM FREEMAN, D.W. GIBSON, CHAASADAHYAH JACKSON, SARAH JAFFE, LAWRENCE JOSEPH, VICTOR LaVALLE, VALERIA LUISELLI, COLUM McCANN, DINAW MENGESTU, TÉA OBREHT, PATRICK RYAN, MICHAEL SALU, ROSIE SCHAAP, TAIYE SELASI, AKHIL SHARMA, ZADIE SMITH, JEANNE THORNTON, HANNAH TINTI, MARIA VENEGAS, and EDMUND WHITE.
My essay is entitled 'Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable' and is a somewhat semantic flaneur's exploration of the city's cadence. The Uk edition is published by Penguin RandomHouse and by OR Books in the U.SRead More
I'm delighted to have been invited to be artist and writer in residence at the prestigious Lemon Tree House in Tuscany. Over two weeks I'll be sharing my multidisciplinary practice and core working themes as well as my work in progress novel.
How do we control narratives in the age of disinformation? I'll be talking about my professional processes at 'Amplify Your Story' conference held by the Initiative For Narrative Journalism 18-19 May.
Some documentation of my video piece projection on The Great Wall of Oakland, Dec 2016
I have a collaborative show coming up with the maestro Rut Blees Luxemburg at Bearspace Gallery this November. It is part of Urban Photo Fest and expands further on our billboard project (initially featured in Hackney) pictured, we'll be delving more into the hidden 'soul' populating the rapidly evolving urban landscape.
Private View / Opening: Monday, 7 Nov. 2016 , 18:00 to 20:30
Artist Talk: Monday, 7 Nov. 2016, 18:00 to 18:30
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.