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Performance Lafawndah. Feat. Wu Tsang

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"Antimony" is a new composition, emerging from the world of "The Fifth Season", Lafawndah's last album.

Taking a compositional approach that draws on Mark Fisher and Justin Barton's extensive audio essay "On Vanishing Land", the groundbreaking radio documentary "The Idea of North" by pianist Glenn Gould and the dramatic tradition of the Greek choir, "Antimony" explores sonics as a tool for building a living world.
At the edge of the radio play, Lafawndah's music blends with the voice of the narrator, Wu Tsang.
Performance
Lafayette Anticipations
Sunday 15 Nov 2020
from 05:30 pm to 06:15 pm
from 07:30 pm to 08:15 pm

© Charlotte Krieger

Participants


Lafawndah's journey to her current incarnation as a devotional pop polymath has wound as unpredictably as her compositional style. The ceaseless artist returns in 2020 with ‘The Fifth Season’, due later this year on Parisian label Latency. In contrast to the precision-tuned industrial productions of debut album ‘Ancestor Boy’, her second album breathes a different kind of volatility, inviting a new degree of spontaneity into her process.

TRUSTFALL is a London based musician, artist and filmmaker. Mentored under avant-garde composer and artist William Basinski and the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher, his tensely- wound pop songs are characterized by a classical sense of construction coupled with an abstract, ghostly k-funk, deeply rooted in the contemporary experience.
Together, they created CONCORDIA 01, the debut instalment in an ongoing series of nocturnal performance films.
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Wu Tsang is a filmmaker and performance artist who combines documentary and narrative techniques with fantastical detours into the imaginary in works that explore hidden histories, marginalized narratives, and the act of performing itself. Tsang re-imagines racialized, gendered representations beyond the visible frame to encompass the multiple and shifting perspectives through which we experience the social realm.
Wu Tsang’s work as an artist emerges from collaboration, particularly as a co-organizer of a weekly nightclub called "Wildness", which was a flashpoint for underground art and community activism in Los Angeles. Taking place at an immigrant gay bar near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, Wildness created a space where the bar’s longtime patrons, queer people of color, mixed with artists and performers. Tsang’s feature film "Wildness" (2012) documents this scene and the perpetual negotiation of race, gender, and socioeconomic class among the patrons, who wrestle with questions of gentrification, authenticity, and ownership as they encounter each other’s realities. The bar itself plays a leading role in the film, serving as an omniscient narrator and embodying the imaginative and performative acts through which cultural fictions are formed and expressed.
The artist became widely known in 2012 thanks to this film, which premiered at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight.

Wu Tsang received a B.F.A. (2004) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. (2010) from the University of California at Los Angeles. Other films by Tsang include "We hold where study" (2017), "Girl Talk" (2015), "Damelo Todo (Gimme Everything)" (2010), and "Shape of a Right Statement" (2008). Wu Tsang’s work has been exhibited or screened at Gropius Bau in Berlin, Tate Modern London, Kunsthalle Münster, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among many other national and international venues.
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