AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James has organized an evening of performances by Colin Self and M. Lamar.
Colin Self will present a continuation of choral vocal works, Vocal Exercises 7-12, in research for his collaborative opera The Fool (Elation V) with Raul De Nieves. These works explore the energetic exchanges created within a queer family system, emphasizing the voice and body as sites for transmutation and healing. Colin Self composes and choreographs at the intersection of the corporeal and the immaterial. His performances explore vocality, corporeality, and familial systems as a site for energetic transformation. Spanning a trans disciplinary lifestyle, he seeks to embellish diverse cultures with queer presence and develop diverse systems of communication with earth and its inhabitants.
M. Lamar will be presenting Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead, which had its world premiere at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in February 2012, and was commissioned as a part of The Values of Water series at the cathedral. The Atlantic Ocean holds the remains of countless black bodies, people lost en-route from home to the new world. During the transatlantic slave trade, millions of Africans were carried in bondage to America. A horrifying percentage did not survive the journey. This piece is about them. M. Lamar writes songs that are at once a product of his African-American heritage, drawing heavily from the negro spiritual. Combined with his operatic voice and piano playing that is at once interested in western classical music and dissonant black metal Lamar's sound makes one think that things are so catastrophic that the world might end at the conclusion of one of his tracks.
Jamillah James is a New York-based curator who succeeds Marissa Perel, AUX's fall 2013 Curatorial Fellow. Over the course of two weekends in late May, James will present two performances, as well as an artist talk, and a keynote address and screening. June events will be announced at a later date.
The AUX Curatorial Fellowships have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.