Evil Nigger Part IV: A Five Part Performance for Julius Eastman by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and LaMont Hamilton
Artist, designer and composer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste opens his 2017 ISSUE residency with a collaboration with interdisciplinary artist LaMont Hamilton at ISSUE Project Room on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2017. The performance is the collaborative duos fourth performance around Julius Eastmans 1979 composition, Evil Nigger. Capacity is limited. A $5 RSVP commitment is asked to ensure seating.
"For this iteration, we are investigating Eastman as a trickster (i.e. Brer Rabbit or the Signifyin Monkey), within the course of Black American cultural practice and a tradition of subterfuge. Here, were working with Evil Nigger, sonically and conceptually. Specifically the opening motif (me-re-do), as existing within the canon of popular music as broody and evil (Wolves In The Throne Rooms Vastness And Sorrow as well as Three Six Mafias Chop Me Up are examples which immediately come to mind). In addition to the composition Evil Nigger, we are also working with The Eastman-led SEM ensembles performance of John Cages Song Books at SUNY Buffalo in 1975.
Performing Cages directives, to do what they wish so long as it fall under the philosophy of Hendry David Thoreau, Eastman proclaimed a radical new love and proceeded to removed a white womans top, then fully undressed a white male crowd-goer. This act of a radical new love incensed John Cage. Whats important to us is not this rare moment in which we see Cage and Eastman at odds, but searching for the nuance between a joyful, loving act being received as anything but. This phenomenon, which might be seen as a full-on embodiment of Eastman as Trickster, is our point of departure, performatively." -- Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a Bessie-nominated composer, designer and performer, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Holding an MFA from Brooklyn Colleges Performance and Interactive Media program, his work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena. He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, André M. Zachery, and Yanira Castro/a canary torsi. He has presented at the Brooklyn Museum, Newark Museum, Under The Radar at The Public Theater, The Studio Museum In Harlem, National Sawdust, The Jam Handy (Detroit), Tanz Im August at Hau3 (Berlin), American Realness at Abrons, Knockdown Center, Gibney Dance, FringeArts (Philadelphia), Judson Church, Stoa Cultural Center (Helsinki), MIT, Arts East New York, JACK, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), University Settlement, Harlem Stage, as well as on Dazed Digital, Complex, and Boiler Room. He is a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at Issue Project Room.
LaMont Hamilton is an autodidact interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago and New York. Hamilton works primarily in photography, film and performance. Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including most recently the Brown Foundation Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Artadia Award, ArtMatters Grant and the City of Chicago's IAP Award.
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