Theory — 30 Mar 2019

Dark as the Door to a Dream Curated by Tavia Nyong’o
€ 3,- (excl. museum entrance) / Rietveld students free with registration
Teijin Auditorium, livestream in studio A
30 Mar 2019, 10 am until 5 pm
Main language

This study day explores the aesthetics practices of Afro-surrealism through a kaleidoscope of feminist, queer and trans* optics. We seek to decolonize surrealism from the Eurocentric frame of art history and colonial anthropology, and look expansively at black (and blak) art forms that take on the fantastical, the mythical and the otherworldly. Desire and transgression stoke the roots of resistance and build momentum for rebellion. We seek a day to study these movements of the imagination. Resisting institutional and intellectual tendencies to separate blackness and indigeneity, we wish to reconnect Afro-surrealism to a planet-spanning archipelago of freedom dreams, fugitive escapades and dissident genders. Transgression is not the sole purview of white men seeking to escape the prison-house of normotic conformity. Nor are we the spirit guides and magical negroes of a dying Eurocentrism. We are interested in how the often obscene hallucinatory reality of blak (and black) life can inform art in form and content, and help us re-envision what we mean by freedom and selfhood.


Jayna Brown
Tina Campt
Tiona Nekkia McCLodden  
Naima Ramos Chapman
Luke Willis Thompson

Program Dark as the Door to a Dream

10:00  Walk-in
10:30  Welcome by Jorinde Seijdel
10:45  Tavia Nyong’o, Dark as the Door to a Dream
11:00  Jayna Brown, A Fierce Organicism: Ecologies of Enmeshment in Contemporary Speculative Art (lecture)
11:45  BREAK

12:00  Playing with Magic: a conversation with Naima  Ramos Chapman and Jayna Brown
           Screening: Earl Sweatshirt - Nowhere, Nobody


13:45 Tina Campt, Prelude to a New Black Gaze (lecture)Black Gaze, Black Skin, Black Feeling: A conversation with Luke Willis Thompson and Tina Campt
14:30 Screening of short films by Dambudzo Marechera, Sam Icklow, Geo Wyeth, Naima Ramos Chapman, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Luke Willis Thompson and Vaginal Davis (t.b.c.)
15:15 BREAK

15:30 Tiona Nekkia McClodden, An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove (lecture)
16:15 Roundtable discussion with all participants
17:00 END