Curator: Avantika Bawa and Greg Minissale
January 26th, 2013
Black Manifold is a series of short experimental works that delve into how Black operates as sociopolitical force, a slate that can mark a beginning as well as an end, while also engaging with the tactility of film and the theatricality of cinema.
Here, Black becomes pure flux, the becoming-imperceptible of self and night; the embrace of stars, the velvet of infinite depths. Dawn is its blanket. It folds all within itself, dreams, thought and being.
Black is social and silent, human and inhuman. It rests the eye, turning it upon itself in introspection, plunging the soul into loneliness, yet provides the continuum for hidden touches, chiasms and communications. It provides us with the space to breathe, and beckons us to leap into its freedom with reckless abandon. It makes us think differently. It dissolves subjectivity, yet brings it back. The works presented here ask, “What is this thing called black, and how can we turn it into productive thought and practice?”
Drain is a refereed on-line journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor.