Black Radical Imagination delves into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Focusing on contemporary stories within the Diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision of postmodern society through the state of current black culture. An artistic movement and school of thought, Black Radical Imagination focuses on the aesthetics of futurism, surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Discussion with Black Radical Imagination curators Erin Christovale and Amir George, director of American Hunger Ephraim Asili, and the co-curator of SWEETY’S Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz follows screening.  

The Baptist by Lewis Vaughn

A fallen spirit seeks redemption after a life of compliance and misguidance. After being forced into an afterlife state, he attempts to navigate through a vivid forest while a mysterious creature taunts him.

Black Magic at the White House by Jeanette Elhers

In this video, Ehlers is performing a voudon dance at the Marienborg—a residence with a strong connection to the triangular trade that today plays an important role in Denmark as the official residence of the country’s prime minister.

Black Bullets by Jeanette Elhers

In a poetic and mesmerizing manner Black Bullets pays tribute to the act of revolt. Black Bullets was filmed on The Citadel, a mountaintop fortress in Haiti built by king Henri Christophe after the Revolution. The fortress itself has become a sign of liberty and an icon of Haiti.

Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat by Lauren Kelley

An aerial view of the disposable nature of intimate relationships. This short, stop motion animation tale scrutinizes the gestures that occur between an invisible librarian and a capricious peacock—both are bookworms. Throughout this anti love story, the familiar predator and prey narrative elements are liquefied when what seems solid to a smitten protagonist cracks and falls apart.

Moonrising by Sanford Biggers & Terence Nance

The nose knows. We’ve been overdosing on pop perfume, a heady arrangement of melody and bounce - coddled by brightly colored choruses and whims of the Top Forty. But one flavor never made a stew. Sometimes we Earthlings are in need of a piece of meat caught between the wisdom teeth, just to suck it loose for a savory taste of the unpretty. When tripping the light fantastic gives way to a slew footed stomp – jut the butt and knees bent. Chicken wing and Cheshire grin, a twisted tree through a piano and the quilt-that-never-got-washed; plus a top hat with more than rabbits inside. Everybody was Kung Fu fighting. And ninjas is crazy. A groove of image, shape, space, sound, texture and aroma all made familiar though a rhythm quest of live performance.

American Hunger by Ephraim Asili

Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger, explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American fantasies confront African realities. African realities confront America fantasies. African fantasies confront American realities. American realities confront African fantasies.

 

Field Notes by Vashti Harrison

Field Notes is a visual and aural field guide to paranormal activities on the island nation of Trinidad told through the voices of one family.