Mykki Blanco is an eclectic African American rapper and performer, producer of participatory and dynamic shows where he performs and sings amongst the audience.
Progressively, music has become the most suitable means of his artistic expression, due its inclusive nature that encompasses the complexity of visual arts, from theatre to films. According to Blanco, art is an empowering instrument that encourages people to express themselves and create communities, becoming a bridge between differences towards a common ground.
In 2012, Mykki burst into the music scene with the Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels EP. Later in 2012 Blanco dropped the seminal Cosmic Angel Mixtape, that featured Mykki's first wave of hits Wavvy, Haze Boogie Life and Kingpinning. On May 21, 2013 Blanco released his second work 'Betty Rubble: The Initiation' EP. In January of 2015 Mykki partnered with K7 to create her own imprint DOGFOOD Music Group, a label that aims to give voice to underground artists that share her vision and "transcend conventional cultural boundaries / constructs." The first DMG release titled C-ORE, a new compilation project, was out on Sept 18 2015. Their first debut album was released on Sept 16 2016.
walk+talk no. 22
For the lecture/performance walk + talk I am interested in a ‘walk and talk’ system. A choreographer walks into the space, moves and talks about what he or she is doing. The artist picks on the physical themes from his/hers choreographic works and speaks about what they think they are doing, what their associations are on those specific moments, what they think is happening and why they are interested in that.
Walk + talk is a practice and a method of doing and sharing in a public context, as much as a practice that speaks about one's practice. It is less about description and explanation than speaking becoming a gesture itself, a gesture of utterance running parallel to the moving. Maybe different forms of speech can appear, and some things will be better left unnamed”
(Philipp Gehmachers’ note about walk+talk)
Choreographer, dancer and visual artist, lives and works in Vienna.
Gehmacher's artistic works use the body and language as forms of utterance, the built and institutional space, sculpture, objects, things. With these works between Black Box and White Cube, Philipp Gehmacher is internationally represented at theatre festivals and in exhibition spaces. Recently at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, at steirischer herbst (Graz), at the Biennale of Sydney and the Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival (Helsinki),
as well as the Leopold Museum and the mumok in Vienna.
Gehmacher is also mentor and teacher at renowned training institutions such as P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, HZT in Berlin, DOCH in Stockholm and at the University of Salzburg.
Leandro Nerefuh/Ribidjunga Cardoso/Caetano
Orphic exuberance versus solar capitalism
Orphic exuberance versus solar capitalism is mainly a research on cultural narratives about the Sun and the feelings of ‘exuberance’ (often related to ideas of tropical subjectivity and art), and ‘cosmic anxiety’ (often related to the uncertainty of the future of planet earth for humans) it generates. Orphic Exuberance is the desire to take the Sun in one’s own bare hands. Solar Capitalism is when the worldwide integrated capital takes hold of the solar myth: the rotten sun, the movement of the earth, water tides, all animal coitus become a capitalist machine, and even cosmologies are at the risk of being colonised. This research is presented to the public in the form of a living installation.
Leandro Nerefuh/Ribidjunga Cardoso (Bertioga, Brasil, 1975) is an artist, tabaréu constructivist, whose work deals with formal translations of historical narratives, with a special interest in Latin America. He is also the founder of PPUB, a political party active in Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Caetano (Brasile, 1980) è un visual artist. His work explores the legacy of cybernetics in relation to ideas of automation and conscience, always having the human body as central.
Cecilia Lisa Eliceche (Bahia Blanca, Argentina, 1986) is a dancer, choreographer and dance advocate. Cecilia is fascinated by the endless potential of the body and movement and conceives dance as a site to experiment and rethink notions of ‘democracy’, ‘community’ and ‘the political’.
The Making of Justice
The Making of Justice is a movie about seven prisoners working on the plot of a crime film, along with Sarah Vanhee. Like the main character in the film, they are all guilty of murder. We, the viewers, can only guess whether they are using fiction as a means of confirming, transcending or transforming their present situation. In the course of the film, they discuss criminality as a parallel reality, as well as questioning what the nature of justice. ‘The justice system is not synonymous with justice itself. The justice system means the application of rules, but justice is a human capacity’, says one of the men. The image of ‘the criminal’ is always elusive, both in terms of form and content, because the authors and their character appear first as people and only then as offenders.
Sarah Vanhee's artistic practice stretches from performance to visual arts, literature, and unfolds in various environments. « I create temporary, porous yet clearly defined spaces in which I analyze existing realities and confront them with an absurd, utopic or poetic proposal «. Recent works include The Making of Justice (film), Oblivion (performance), Untitled (series of meetings). She lives and works in Brussels.
The project is realised within the framework of apap – Performing Europe 2020 and the initiative Creative Europe 2016-2020.