Month: November 2022

Opening and performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair

Yewande YoYo Odunubi – What I hide by my language, my body utters” (2022) video still. Courtesy the artist.

Calling the Body to attention – Exhibition opening and performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair

Wednesday 7 December 2022, 6 – 9pm
Doors open: 6pm, performance begins: 7:30pm

ICF @ Block 336 
336 Brixton Road
London SW8 7AA

This performance, by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair, brings life to the ideas expressed in one of the exhibition installations entitled, What I hide by my language, my body utters. Rooted in the language of music and dance movement, their improvisations harmonise with the syncopated rhythms of the installation; their acts of translation transcend the boundaries of the exhibition space to complicate linear rhythms and find unique moments.

This event marks the opening of  the exhibition Calling the Body to attention (7-11 December 2022)

Book free tickets below

Artist Biographies

Yewande YoYo Odunubi is an artist, researcher and cultural producer working in the spaces between movement, research and facilitation. Centring her practice around the core inquiry: “what does the body need to dream?” she is concerned with what is enacted into space through connecting to one’s intuitive experiences and bodily rhythms. Viewing the body beyond the common representations of a singular, fixed form, identity or function, Yewande is interested in the role movement, dance and rhythm(s) perform as languages and processes of knowledge production and world-building. Using a reflexive approach Yewande places her body/self at the centre of her practice, playing and experimenting with different mediums, contexts and stagings to weave these imaginings into space.

Yewande is a member of Black Curators Collective, and alongside poet, curator and friend Rohan Ayinde, she is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we. She has produced and curated public programmes in art spaces and cultural institutions including; 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, BLANK100, CCA Glasgow, Free Word, Now Gallery, Southbank Centre, Tate, V&A and Wellcome Collection. She has also been a frequent creative collaborator of art and music curators BBZ and Touching Bass. Yewande has completed residencies with g39 and Yinka Shonibare Foundation/Guest Projects Digital and is a recipient of the Jerwood Live Work Fund 2021. Yewande’s Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Auclair is a British-Rwandan music and sound artist. Her work explores rhythm, voice and electronica – treating everyday life like new mythologies and taking an embodied approach to exploring ideas with sound. Alongside a series of releases, her versatility has lead to a wide range of projects and collaborations. Recent commissions are Munganyinka is a Transformer for the Riot Ensemble and RUZUNGUZUNGU for ISSUE Project Room NYC’s ‘With Womens Work’ series, across these works she plays with ideas around non-linear time, memory, ritual, grief, language/cadence, architecture and Rwandan folklore. Her latest EP Giramata is out now on Amorphous Sounds.

The Score(s) III – performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde

Rohan Ayinde and Yewande YoYo Odunubi (i.as.in.we) – The Score(s): III (2022). Performed at Of Mythic Worlds, curated by Harold Offeh at Sainburys Centre. Photography by Katherine Mager.

The Score(s) III – performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde

Saturday 10 December, 6 – 7:30pm
Doors open: 6pm, performance begins: 6:30pm

ICF @ Block 336
336 Brixton Road
London SW9 7AA

What is located between the everyday experience of b/Black aliveness(1) and the desire to create structural change and imagine new worlds?
Weaving together a growing body of “texts”, this live performance is an embodied translation of Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde’s collaborative studying practice. In iteration III of The Score(s) they animate the quiet magnitude of 5 photos from Carrie Mae Weems’ ‘Kitchen Table Series’ with movement, sound and dialogue. This piece responds to and draws on a Black Radical Tradition(2) that spans a multiplicity of b/Black geographies and spacetimes.

This event forms part of the exhibition Calling the Body to attention (7-11 December 2022)

Dive into the “texts” explored in The Score(s): III on here.

Citations:
(1) Kevin Quashie, ‘Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being.’
(2) Cedric Robinson, ‘Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition.’

Book free tickets below:

Artist Biographies 

Yewande YoYo Odunubi is an artist, researcher and cultural producer working in the spaces between movement, research and facilitation. Centring her practice around the core inquiry: “what does the body need to dream?” she is concerned with what is enacted into space through connecting to one’s intuitive experiences and bodily rhythms. Viewing the body beyond the common representations of a singular, fixed form, identity or function, Yewande is interested in the role movement, dance and rhythm(s) perform as languages and processes of knowledge production and world-building. Using a reflexive approach Yewande places her body/self at the centre of her practice, playing and experimenting with different mediums, contexts and stagings to weave these imaginings into space.

Yewande is a member of Black Curators Collective, and alongside poet, curator and friend Rohan Ayinde, she is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we. She has produced and curated public programmes in art spaces and cultural institutions including; 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, BLANK100, CCA Glasgow, Free Word, Now Gallery, Southbank Centre, Tate, V&A and Wellcome Collection. She has also been a frequent creative collaborator of art and music curators BBZ and Touching Bass. Yewande has completed residencies with g39 and Yinka Shonibare Foundation/Guest Projects Digital and is a recipient of the Jerwood Live Work Fund 2021. Yewande’s Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Rohan Ayinde is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Chicago. His work is centred around creating “otherwise” potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most recently, his work is shaped by a consideration for translation and the ways one might translate radical ideas into structures/forms/worlds that we can engage with and inhabit materially. Most of his work stems from a dance with the possibility opened up by the logics of black holes, specifically when read in conversation with the historical and material conditions of blackness.

Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from SAIC (2019). In 2021 he was awarded the fifth Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency. He is the gallery manager for Blanc (Chicago), is a curatorial fellow with ACRE, and has curated shows at Blanc, ACRE Projects, and NOW Gallery.

Calling the Body to attention

Yewande YoYo Odunubi – Gestures In Black and Blue (2021) video still. Courtesy the artist. 

Yewande YoYo Odunubi – Calling the Body to attention


Calling the Body to attention
, Yewande YoYo Odunubi’s first solo exhibition is a gesture towards (re)centring and (re)claiming the body as an embodied site of archive, communication and imaginings. Sitting on a moment of pause, it reflects on what might constitute a poetics of the body, and the role movement performs as a process and language for enlivening threads of inquiry.

Featuring moving image, sound and performance, and collaboration with music and sound artist Auclair and interdisciplinary poet Rohan Ayinde, the exhibition forms part of Yewande’s year-long Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF, during which she has been conducting research into our archive and exploring a series of questions that resonate with her practice. During this process, she has been concerned with what dreamings, imaginings, potentials and possibilities are opened up and actioned when the body – particularly the b/Black diasporic body – is understood beyond dualism, monolithic stereotypes, and a fixed idea of identity.

Starting from a place of attunement, Calling the Body to attention is an invitation to reflect on what it could mean for us to connect to an awareness of a full-bodied, expansive, and imaginative self that, in each moment, is weaving new ideas into space.

Exhibition Details:
8 — 11 December
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm
No booking necessary

ICF @ Block 336
336 Brixton Road
London
SW9 7AA

Exhibition opening and performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair
Wednesday 7 December, 6 -9pm
Doors open: 6pm, Performance: 7:30pm
This performance, by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair, brings life to the ideas expressed in one of the exhibit’s installations entitled, What I hide by my language, my body utters. Rooted in the language of music and dance movement, their improvisations harmonise with the syncopated rhythms of the installation. Their acts of translation transcend the boundaries of the exhibition space to complicate linear rhythms and find unique moments.

Score(s): III – Performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde
Saturday 10 December, 6 -7:30pm
Doors open: 6pm, Performance: 6:30pm

What is located between the everyday experience of b/Black aliveness(1) and the desire to create structural change and imagine new worlds?

Weaving together a growing body of “texts”, this live performance is an embodied translation of Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde’s collaborative studying practice. In iteration III of The Score(s) they animate the quiet magnitude of 5 photos from Carrie Mae Weems’ ‘Kitchen Table Series’ with movement, sound and dialogue. This piece responds to and draws on a Black Radical Tradition(2) that spans a multiplicity of b/Black geographies and spacetimes.Dive into the “texts” explored in The Score(s): III on here.

Citations:
(1) Kevin Quashie, ‘Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being.’
(2) Cedric Robinson, ‘Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition.’

The exhibition forms part of ICF @ Block 336, a residency that ICF is undertaking at Block 336 in Brixton.

Book free tickets for both performances below: 

 

Artist Biographies

Yewande YoYo Odunubi is an artist, researcher and cultural producer working in the spaces between movement, research and facilitation. Centring her practice around the core inquiry: “what does the body need to dream?” she is concerned with what is enacted into space through connecting to one’s intuitive experiences and bodily rhythms. Viewing the body beyond the common representations of a singular, fixed form, identity or function, Yewande is interested in the role movement, dance and rhythm(s) perform as languages and processes of knowledge production and world-building. Using a reflexive approach Yewande places her body/self at the centre of her practice, playing and experimenting with different mediums, contexts and stagings to weave these imaginings into space.

Yewande is a member of Black Curators Collective, and alongside poet, curator and friend Rohan Ayinde, she is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we. She has produced and curated public programmes in art spaces and cultural institutions including; 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, BLANK100, CCA Glasgow, Free Word, Now Gallery, Southbank Centre, Tate, V&A and Wellcome Collection. She has also been a frequent creative collaborator of art and music curators BBZ and Touching Bass. Yewande has completed residencies with g39 and Yinka Shonibare Foundation/Guest Projects Digital and is a recipient of the Jerwood Live Work Fund 2021. Yewande’s Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Auclair is a British-Rwandan music and sound artist. Her work explores rhythm, voice and electronica – treating everyday life like new mythologies and taking an embodied approach to exploring ideas with sound. Alongside a series of releases, her versatility has lead to a wide range of projects and collaborations. Recent commissions are Munganyinka is a Transformer for the Riot Ensemble and RUZUNGUZUNGU for ISSUE Project Room NYC’s ‘With Womens Work’ series, across these works she plays with ideas around non-linear time, memory, ritual, grief, language/cadence, architecture and Rwandan folklore. Her latest EP Giramata is out now on Amorphous Sounds.

Rohan Ayinde is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Chicago. His work is centred around creating “otherwise” potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most recently, his work is shaped by a consideration for translation and the ways one might translate radical ideas into structures/forms/worlds that we can engage with and inhabit materially. Most of his work stems from a dance with the possibility opened up by the logics of black holes, specifically when read in conversation with the historical and material conditions of blackness.

Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from SAIC (2019). In 2021 he was awarded the fifth Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency. He is the gallery manager for Blanc (Chicago), is a curatorial fellow with ACRE, and has curated shows at Blanc, ACRE Projects, and NOW Gallery.

Systems Reclaimed

Image 1: Jammer’s Basement, as part of Grime Stories at Museum of London. Curated by Dhelia Snoussi. Photo credit: Richard Stroud/Museum of London. Image 2: Daljinder Johal was recently commissioned as a BBC x Rural Media New Creative to create an audio piece on the menopause. Until it Happens to You by Daljinder explores the funny, sad and stigmatised reality of experiencing the menopause.

Systems Reclaimed

ICF is thrilled to announce the curators selected to develop digital programmes for our Systems Reclaimed Project – Daljinder Johal and Dhelia Snoussi 

Systems Reclaimed is a multi-season project our team is delivering focused on systemic inequality. The project aims to create a platform for creative practitioners to highlight and interrogate specific manifestations of systemic inequality both within and beyond the arts. We will create a sustained and poly-vocal focus on the ways in which inequality is fostered and perpetuated by and within our institutions and within our social fabric.

Dhelia Snoussi’s digital programme for Systems Reclaimed will explore how systemic inequality in the UK can be traced through music history. The season will take as its point of departure a small creative action that took place in West London in 2015 entitled “Mock the Opera”. Mock the Opera was a procession which departed from North Kensington and ended at the Holland Park Opera. The action was organised to protest the disproportionate subsidy received by the local opera in contrast to the disinvestment in local public services at the time, particularly in the less affluent North of the borough. When marchers arrived at Holland Park with drums and placards in hand, they were met with considerable police presence guarding the opera house. However, much to the confusion of police and nervous opera-goers, the marchers held a minute’s silence outside the opera house to commemorate those services and assets that had been lost to lack of funding.

Dhelia will use this creative action as the spine of the digital season and as a starting point from which to look at how patterns of investment in music mirror wider inequality in society. The season will work with residents, musicians, activists and historians from North Kensington to explore this event in local cultural history, and will use the action as a point of departure to explore themes of sound, silence, regeneration and congregation.

For Systems Reclaimed, Daljinder Johal will produce an audio series that shares LBT women, intersex and non-binary people’s journey to parenthood with audio stories capturing their own voices as they share their experiences with listeners. The series will invite you to cast your eyes across a wall of family portraits and hear their stories.

Daljinder is extending an OEPN CALL to invite Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans women or non-binary, intersex people to share insight about their journey to parenthood. Expressions of interest are welcomed from those with other experiences of underrepresentation, including being working-class, a global majority/migrant background or having a disability. Pivotal questions for participants are: How was your experience of medical support? Was it easy navigating the workplace? Or are you currently on this journey and juggling worries about the threat of climate change and economic chaos?

To submit an expression of interest for this open call, please send a short email about yourself to Daljinder at hello@littlestitchproductions.com by 17 December 2022. Participants will be offered a stipend for their time. 

Curators Biographies 

Daljinder Johal (she/her) is a producer, marketer, writer and curator across film, theatre, festivals and audio and is Head of Community at Boundless Theatre. She’s produced BFI Network-funded shorts: Mug for Manchester writer/director Jo Lane, Nottingham-based Dan Shaw’s Hope Ain’t Right and co-producing Fairview Park with Joe Tapp and Tuli Litvak as well as producing Suga Suppiah’s Ratthum in London. She hosts a film night, The Short Cinema’s Show & Tell, at Phoenix Leicester and is the Midlands freelance marketer for BFI Fan New Releases.

For theatre, she’s produced the playwright and theatre maker Erinn Dhesi’s work, including her 4-star show, Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed, to win a VAULT 2020 Award, with funding from Arts Council England and StageOne. She’s produced festivals including as a Festival Producer for a new socially-distant, cross-genre, outdoor festival, Little But LIVE in Moseley Park and worked at others including the European Independent Film Festival and ArtReach’s Journeys Festival International. For audio, she is a BBC x Rural Media New Creative, producing a 15-minute audio piece on the menopause.

She’s undertaken extensive mentoring and producing training with Roundhouse London, Wise Children, China Plate Theatre, StageOne and with the BFI Creative Producers School 2020 for Kato Pictures.

Dhelia Snoussi is a British-Algerian curator, film-maker and researcher from West London. She is currently Youth Culture Curator at the Museum of London, working on the Museum’s contemporary collecting project, Curating London. In 2022, Dhelia was selected for the Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator, a curatorial development programme for curators from working class backgrounds, supported by Jerwood Arts. Previously, she worked as a researcher, authoring ‘We Are Ghosts: Race, Class and Institutional Prejudice’, for CLASS and the Runnymede Trust.

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