Shifting Boundaries: Lecture Performance


RHB 144 – 24/2/17
18:30 – 20:00

The Shifting Boundaries lecture performance is aimed at looking at pedagogical structures and the ways in which knowledge is produced and disseminated.

In an attempt to bring some real sh*t to the table, Ofoeme considers the fleeting representations of black masculinity in popular culture and their possibility to negate stereotypes. Using the rapper Young Thug, a.k.a Jeffery as a reference point, Ofoeme will highlight the trajectory of self-creation and speculative fiction in African-diasporic culture, present in the work of creatives such as Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, Erykah Badu, Andre 3000 and Janelle Monae.

Other aspects of the performance will draw links between the black voice in western history, self-creation in cyber space, vocal contouring and the phenomenon of “mumble rap”.

Kamile Ofoeme’s multi-disciplinary practice uses visual, audio and performative means to interrogate notions of perception, race and identity.

Optional readings:

– Stuart Hall – What is ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture?
– Simone Verginia Ejawa Aziga – On Black Style: Black style in the blogosphere.


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