April 22, 2015
6:30PM @ Trinity Square with Camille Turner
8PM @ 8-Eleven with Onyeka Igwe
Afrofuturism is a critical engagement with technology and the power ideals of ‘the other’.
– Tegan Bristow, digital artist and theorist
For the first part of this two-site Showing, media and performance artist Camille Turner will renew encounters with hidden relics and ancient devices through her research into afrofuturist technologies of storytelling. Her work invokes hidden memories through sound, reenactment and narrative exchange, approaching these registers of experience as revolving doors into the possible pasts and more ethical futures. This Showing will be accompanied by short readings from texts by Octavia Butler and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh Ha, to get us in the material-discursive mood.
This will be followed by a walk to 8-Eleven (233 Spadina Ave) where filmmaker Onyeka Igwe will lead a workshop into “vibe” as a technology of communal production in the form of an investigative dance party. For more information on the workshop with 8-Eleven, click here.
SHOWINGS is a series of material-discursive events where invited artists, filmmakers, science fiction writers, and future-casters reconfigure our relationships to technologies through a science fiction lens. Programmed by Trinity Square Video’s Curatorial Research Resident, Maiko Tanaka. More information on the series can be found here.
Camille Turner is a media/performance artist and educator. She is the founder of Outerregion, a company producing intercultural exchanges and dialogue. Camille’s interventions, installations and public engagements have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Her current project engages historians, archivists and citizen researchers interested in public memory to help recover the stories of enslaved people once owned by François Bâby a member of Upper Canada’s elite, who like many of his class, was a slave owner. She is the creator of interactive exhibition devices, such as TXTilecity, an award-winning educational app that maps the city of Toronto through its textile histories, a partnership with Year Zero One and [murmur] and the Textile Museum of Canada and TimeWarp is an Afrofuturist cellphone adventure included in Land/Slide: Possible Futures exhibition in which participants use their smartphones as a time machine to experience a past or future event.
Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker from London, UK, currently living and working in Toronto. She studied at Goldsmiths College for a Masters in non-fiction filmmaking. She came to video from a radical political activist experience, hoping to develop filmmaking practice as a way of doing politics. Her work is dominated by a preoccupation with the physical body and geographical place as sites of cultural and political meaning. She has screened at festivals and in galleries across the UK and Europe such as Guildhall Art Gallery, BFI, V&A, London Film Festival and Planete+Doc Warsaw. She has been involved in the LimaZulu gallery and project space since 2011.