March 2023: One Work (Pt. 3) 'otherwise' video work screens at the University of Manitoba
one work; breathing; christina sharpe; ashon crawley; east palo alto; air quality
Bismillah. We begin everything with the name of Allah. We say Bismillah to initiate an act to acknowledge the intention and the ethics we carry with all that follows Bismillah.
As I shared in March 2023: One Work Deep Dive (Pt. 1 and 2), I will use the newsletter throughout the year for the usual shenanigans and deeper dives into individual works, projects, and series.
Third Up: My video work, commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), was screened in the lobby at Open Structure back at the end of 2022. Open Structure was a group exhibition curated by Grace Deveney at the University of Manitoba featuring the work of Ron Bechet, Jared Brown, Whit Forrester, Jennie C. Jones, Harold Mendez, Janelle Ayana Miller, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
Quietly, I have made four video works since 2021, and it is slowly becoming a favorite format. I am in the middle of my first 15-minute piece and am excited to see how the ideas unfold over a longer chunk of time.
Animation and Graphics Consultation: Mpho "Solid" Madi (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Medium: Signal Channel Video
It is silent. You can listen to yourself breathe as you watch the video. You are the score.
While the show has since closed, you can watch the full video for the next 72 hours here.
Film Excerpts: Dream Deferred featuring Fannie Lou Hamer (Harvey Richards, 1964); Mississippi Goddam (Nina Simone, 1965); Mississippi Goddam (Nina Simone, mid-1970s); Winter in America (Gil Scott-Heron, 1975); Clearing California Skies (California Air Resources Board, 1998); Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) Rally (EPA.net, 2007); California air quality: One-third of population deals with sub-standard air quality (The Los Angeles Times, 2014)
Texts Cited: Sharpe, Christina. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. United Kingdom: Duke University Press, 2016. and Crawley, Ashon T.. Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility. United States: Fordham University Press, 2016.
How to cite this newsletter: Rasheed, K. (Year, Month Day). Newsletter Title. I Will (?) Figure This All Out Later. URL
Thank you for reading,