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Steffani Jemison, Promise Machine. Multi-part commission for the Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Steffani Jemison, Promise Machine. Multi-part commission for the Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Events - Live

Recitatif: Never saying anything at all

11 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

What if we need new words to build new social and political relation? 
 
Local performers adapt a libretto and musical score by artist Steffani Jemison in Solresol, a language composed of musical notes. Performers are Harleighblu (voice), Marcus Joseph (saxophone) and Steffani Jemison (keyboard).
 
This performance will take place twice a day on the times and places below, and it lasts one hour each time.
 
 
Sat 11 Nov

11.30am
at Nottingham Contemporary (Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB) with Harleighblu and Steffani Jemison
 
3.30pm
at INTU Victoria Centre (NG1 3QN) with Marcus Joseph
 
Sun 12 Nov
 
11.30am
at Nottingham Contemporary (Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB) with Harleighblu and Steffani Jemison

3.30pm
at INTU Victoria Centre (NG1 3QN) with Marcus Joseph
 
 
Free. Drop in.
 
 
 
Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been presented in solo and collaborative exhibitions and performances at Mass MoCA, the Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, LAXART, the New Museum, Triple Canopy, and the festival steirischer herbst. Other presentations include the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Whitney Museum, the Drawing Center, and Sprueth Magers. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum, and the Kadist Foundation. She is currently preparing video and performance commissions for the Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, and Western Front.
 
Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003). She is a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University.

The Performance Commissions are funded by Arts Council England's Catalyst Fund.

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