Our symposium is built around a series of provocative, imaginative, stylistically diverse 'interventions." We have asked our speakers not only to share their own work, but to build a multi-dimensional conversation of words, images, and performance in response to a quotation from the work of Tina M. Campt, a Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art:
“Attending to frequency is, at its core, a practice of attunement—an attunement to waves, rhythms, and cycles of return that create new formations and new points of departure.” Your response can take any form you wish: improvisation, performance, presentation of scholarship, personal, film clips, sound clips, stills, multimedia, conversation with other participants and/or the audience, the popular interactive “versus” format where participants take turns playing media, etc. The only limit is your imagination.”
—Tina M. Campt, A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See (MIT Press, 2023)
Presenters’ responses will take a variety of forms: improvisation, performance, presentation of scholarship, personal, film clips, sound clips, stills, multimedia, collaboration with other participants, a conversation with the audience. The goal is to incite, inspire, and engage the audience to join the organizers and participants—both scholars and filmmakers—in an act of creativity and imagination in response to the films, performances, and theorizations of Afro-Brazilian film, history, and culture. We look forward to collective conversations on contemporary aesthetic practices of the Black diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Each intervention will last approximately 15–20 minutes.
See full schedule and list of speakers here.
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