REDCAT, Downtown Los Angeles
“Deeply empathetic yet often lyrical, Smith’s constellational approach to filmmaking parallels Sun Ra’s freestyle compositions, while reawakening the political possibilities of black experimental culture.” -- Art in America
Still: Black Utopia LP (for Sun Ra)
REDCAT, Mon April 15 - 8:30 PM
Black Utopia LP (for Sun Ra)
Los Angeles Premiere
Premiered at Chicago’s threewalls artspace, Black Utopia LP is a deeply original off-shoot of the years of research artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith devoted to Afrofuturism, a cultural movement that mixes science fiction, fantasy, non-Western religion and Afrocentrism. Chicago legend Sun Ra (1914-1993) and his Arkestra were a key figure in this movement. Smith produced over 800 35mm slides: images of objects found in archives, recorded in contemporary Chicago or appropriated from occult, astronomical, and historical sources. The slides are projected in a 90 min performance over two sides of an LP she recorded – a collage of lectures, rehearsals and live performances by Sun Ra, mundane ephemera, as well as commissioned contributions from Chicago artists Krista Franklin and Avery R. Young
Free tickets for Film/Video students, staff and faculty. Please contact Patti Palmer.