Steffani Jemison and Justin Hicks present a new performance, commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary.
Mikrokosmos: Another time, this time, one time is an ongoing collaborative project that considers listening, language, and learning through contemporary Black American music. Using the solfège system (do re mi…), the work dismantles the lyrics of Gil Scott-Heron’s song We Almost Lost Detroit syllable per syllable; recomposing the piece into an hour-long piece of music. This technique loses the original meaning of the lyrics while emphasising the formal invention contained within the song.
Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been presented in solo and collaborative exhibitions and performances at Mass MoCA, the Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, LAXART, the New Museum, Triple Canopy, and the festival steirischer herbst. Other presentations include the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Whitney Museum, the Drawing Center, and Sprueth Magers. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum, and the Kadist Foundation. She is currently preparing video and performance commissions for the Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, and Western Front.
Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003). She is a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University.
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