Tuesday 20 November 2018, 7.30pm
Following acclaimed LP Absent Personae (PTP) and the forthcoming mixtape The Wages of Being Black Is Death comes the concluding iteration of Translatlantic collaborating artists DeForrest Brown, Jr. and Kepla entitled Substantia Nigra. Named after the reward signalling tissue located in the brain, Substantia Nigra conceptualises the black body in the planetary computational and geopolitical order known as The Stack, acting as a force which urges the body into negotiating its architecture. The Black Body is counterintuitive to its logic; through "coolness", often manifested in the production of media, the black body catches flows of unregistered flows of information and casts itself back into the aether as a non-negotiable subject. By marrying this position with art as a method of evasion Substantia Nigra becomes a tool for "Black Compositional Thought." This is a jazz record.
This performance of Substantia Nigra follows from performances in New York at Signal Gallery and Abrons Art Center, and will continue with further performances throughout 2019, culminating in an audio-visual document.
DeForrest Brown, Jr. is a media theorist and curator based in New York. Kepla is a sound artist based in Liverpool.
This project is dedicated to philosopher Ariel Valdez.