Project Description

THE SPACESUITS – Tales of the Ancient-Future

July 10th, 2015

Disjecta presents a multimedia installation and live performance by The Spacesuits, an international collective of musicians and artists organized by Anaïs Duplan and Winston Scarlett. Using the work of the jazz musician and Afrofuturist Sun Ra as their launch point, The Spacesuits explore concepts of apocalypse, the afterlife, invented creation mythology, and the re-writing of history through music, performance and art.

On Friday, July 10th, Portland-based Spacesuits members Ripley Snell, High Society, Mat Randol, and Grape God will perform individual sets that incorporate installation-based art formed in response to a collective call-to-action from Duplan and Scarlett. Prompted to invent such things as creation myths, self-portraits, and space helmets, each artist has produced a combination of photographs, videotaped performances, soundscapes, and physical objects that reflect and explore both a world of physicality and the alternate universes we rarely allow ourselves to imagine.

The Spacesuits’ North American summer tour is sponsored by The AfroFuturist Affair, Philadelphia Printworks and Pushdot Studio.

 

ABOUT THE SPACESUITS

Curated by Anaïs Duplan and Winston Scarlett, The Spacesuits is an ever-growing collective of musicians, working to generate and (re)present new concepts for paradise by way of soundscape, techno-futurism, pseudo-religion and myth-making. The Spacesuits aim to facilitate dialogue on ‘otherness’ and difference, and see music and sound as integral to the act of generating and imagining new futures. The collective will perform in eight shows across North America during the summer of 2015.

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Anaïs Duplan is the author of a forthcoming chapbook, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Birdfeast, Phantom Limb, PANK, The Conversant, The Quietus, No Fear of Pop, amongst other journals. Past projects include a temporary manifesto-writing service at Flux Factory in Queens, NY as well as a performance event titled Communitas/structure on anthropologist Victor Turner’s concept of ‘communitas,’ the peak of communal feeling reached in ritual.

Winston Scarlett is an independent music and art curator from Brooklyn, NY. His events and exhibitions have been featured in such publications such as Brooklyn Vegan, Impose, No Fear of Pop, Dingus, and PopMatters. Within the last year he has opened and managed the programming of two independent art spaces in New York City, executed a three-day interactive music and art festival called Slackfest, and published an underground music mixtape through the Chicago cassette label Air Balloon Tapes.

Location:

Disjecta

Hours:

8:00PM

Admission:

$10 / All ages
*tickets at the door