Various black cultural festivals. Brooklyn, NY. 2015.
(Dance Africa, International African Arts Festival, Afro-Latino Festival, and AFROPUNK)
Inspired by the 2010 US Census' decision to lump black Americans of all backgrounds (Afro-American, Caribbean, and African) into a single checkbox, this score uses the process of taking, creating, and giving an alternative census to engage black Americans from a range of cultures in exploring how the terms we use to describe blackness can enhance or undermine our understanding of the state of black America.
Check out the full project website here.
BRIC Rotunda Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2013.
Comedy quotes selected by Nicholas Powers. Performed by Sasheer Zamata and volunteers.
This score uses the process of timeline-ing black comedians' thoughts about the concept of having a first black president to form a snapshot of black American life in the decades before Obama's election.
BRIC Rotunda Gallery. Brooklyn NY 2013
Performed by Nemiss and Kyra Brown
This score uses the process of merging the Black National Anthem with the US National Anthem to explore what the US' election of its first black president means for black Americans' conflicting allegiances to race and country.
With Myrtle Avenue Retail Partnership. Brooklyn, NY. 2014 and 2015.
This score injects the action of creating a "traveling gnome"-like photo album of Michelle Obama's career aspirations into Take Our Daughters to Work Day as a way of exploring the ways Michelle Obama and other black women of this era are often asked to choose between progress for women and progress for the black race -as if femaleness and blackness could ever be separate for us.
Take Michelle to Work (Image 2 of 6)
Take Michelle to Work (Image 3 of 6)
Take Michelle to Work (Image 4 of 6)
Take Michelle to Work (Image 5 of 6)
Take Michelle to Work (Image 6 of 6)
Weeksville Heritage Center. Brooklyn, NY. 2011
This early prototype of the Soulville Census engaged elementary school aged youth in administering a census that "gathered the data the US Census missed" by creating a tally mark based mural of adults' responses to various Soulville Census questions.
Soulville Census 2011 (Image 2 of 4)
Soulville Census 2011 (Image 3 of 4)
Soulville Census 2011 (Image 4 of 4)