As I stumble, I stumbled
into others, and then I stumbled
all others, my path lay beneath
their feeet, I quaked their ground
I changed terrains
strew my body, they stepped
fell, had to leap over hard head
soft flesh, dirty nails, painted red
thick hair, and as I write...
I stumble over
The solo mixtape series Violent/Break is an interdisciplinary solo performance series about positioning of violence across gender, language, race and cultural processes through movement, music, and media.
This project explores violence as an ontological relational process that contains spiritual, embodied material, and transcendental points of revelation. My lived experiences, being educated in the lie of black body as more inherently violent than others, and my experiences of my body as site on which is enacted/and enacts a wide range of strategies on violence. Yet, there is a third understanding, that awareness of violence and violence as ideation, is no more a settled matter than anything else in this world.
Just like a mixtape the solo mixtape series Violent/Break physical, social, and political materials are an Afrofuturist performance on reconstituting cultural and cross-technological influence.
Vol I: hip hop, boxing
Vol II: krump, chen taiji
Here is a pdf for my HCL residency application. The process of the work changed, A LOT, even during my time there. I hope this helps! And remember things change, sometimes for the better. So you don't have to hold yourself to stuff that doesn't breathe life into your life or your work.
As always, I have a passion for what I do. And the solo mixtape series, is an intensely personal work and ultimately a process that I believe is better shared. Most of my processes start out of something that I am physically doing already, though literature-based research is often brought to bear. Just keep in mind that the world is wide, but no wider and no deeper than your own imagination and abilities. It's beyond important to understand that the past, present, and future are more interconnected and fluid than can be realized in a single lifetime. So, go for it! Let your life process, your imagination be the source that brings your ideas to fruition. Whatever you're interested in, in your life - is bound to be wild. It's bound to be shared.