16 Nov 20166:30 pm | Cinema 1 | £3.00 to £5.00
Curator and writer Legacy Russell leads a panel discussion examining the question: what freedoms can be found in the ‘publics’ realised via the digital for bodies of colour? This panel will build connections between ongoing conversations both within and outside of the UK regarding blackness and the material of the internet. Speakers include academic Rizvana Bradley, writer and curator Taylor Le Melle and writer and editor Derica Shields. This is presented on the occasion of the group exhibition Wandering/WILDING: Blackness on the Internet (IMT Gallery, 4 Nov – 11 Dec 2016, Curated by Legacy Russell).
A call-and-response to The Peril of Black Mobility, a critical essay by Doreen St. Félix, the exhibition Wandering/WILDING: Blackness on the Internet presents seven artists (Devin Kenny, E.Jane, Evan Ifekoya, Fannie Sosa, Hannah Black, Niv Acosta and Tabita Rezaire) whose work mobilises an exploration of race via the material of the internet. Within the exhibitions title, wandering points to the socio-cultural identity of the flâneur, mused on by Charles Baudelaire as ‘a roving soul in search of a body’. Wilding refers to a slang word which came into use in 1980s New York City, a racist dog-whistle used to describe the gang assault of strangers that rose out of the controversial Central Park Jogger case in 1989, when five teenagers of color were jailed for a crime they did not commit. The exhibition situates a spotlight on the privileged white body that Baudelaire’s ‘roving soul’ has historically inhabited. Here, the panel asks: what can the internet do for the black flâneur?