scattered reports on black art and iconographs


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A disjunctive genealogy, some conjectures into the state of things. Reinscribed remembrances, no flag-waving exercises though.

I retro sweeps

A couple of retro sweeps swaying in the winds. Soul of A Nation a big-hitter. Abstraction, multimedia, sculpture, traced out through geographical scenes. Tate’s white walls. Industrial history.


Romare Bearden Pittsburgh Memory 1964

Basquiat capturing all. Textures doubling, social immanence, colours the street onto canvas, the musicality seeping out reifying scenes of NY institutionality. The prehistory of/in the canvas. Never trust the sovereign [curator].


Basquiat, Untitled 1982

II Established abstraction to film to planetary / multimedia narration

Established abstraction played out with black Atlantan Frank Bowling, from Soul to a solo London Fishes, Wishes in Summer Blue (companion-NY-exhibition-took-place-simultaneous [Metropolitanblooms]). landscaped visions against shoreditch facades. And in that visionary planetarity a prefiguring already in that prehistoric predicament – the colour before / facing /


Frank Bowling

Akomfrah purple vigenettes shades of

                                      Jarman blue screen multi-channeled

                                                             Industrialised reproduction / dystopic worldings




Akomfrah, Purple


Keith Piper’s encoded research

Video variants on cultural critique                                        — xx



                                               Arthur Jafa snippets archived network                                                                                                                                                                   (‘Love is the message and the message is death’)                                                                                Digital interfaces textilic arrangement                                                                                    

                                                Embodiment cut and undercut notorious and harlem                                      Sages gurus sants auric tremblings avatar-ic historicity

                                              Cut along the strand, desertions beached                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                           (‘Everything at once’ was said)


III Future [transmedia]

Hannah Black’s ‘situation’

                                    //Shredded sociality [‘Some Context’]



Kudzanai- Violet Hwami – fine art played through the digital
Processed — reprocessed  
                   montage layed over
                                          emphasised embodiment                       social image ~~~ reinscribed           

                                   figuration on the white wall / baker street shopping bustle coffee cups



Kudzanai-Violet Hwami 2017




IV Iconographs

Elysia Crampton
Aymara desedimentations
Lectured rhythms cut-and-paste

Specified matrilineal flowed out
Iconographic pre-histories


Dadi – repository
Icons and images strewn and collected
A deep-set aleatory archetype
                             //animating animinsm
crumbling visages deft tales in hanuman’s grasp

                                   //A [pre]-historical glimpse colouring the dormant
                                   scattering scalability
                                   transference inferred ~~




Photos by Anuka Ramischwili-Schafer and myself