Sonic Freedom: Black Joy as its Own Rhythmic Wavelength

A woman wears a snake-skin headdress. Text on the left reads Mothership Voyage Into Afrofuturism. Sonic Freedom Black Joy As Its Own Rhythmic Wavelength. Bank of America and OMCA logos are featured.

Join us for a lively series as part of our new exhibition Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism. Sonic Freedom features programs that explore many of the themes of Afrofuturism through dance, performance, art, and conversations celebrating the past, present, and future of Black culture.

Transformative Journeys: Tradition and Practice in Afrofuturism will stream live on October 26, followed by Afrofuturism in Sound on November 2. 

Transformative Journeys: Tradition and Practice in Afrofuturism 

Live Streamed October 26, 2021, 5:30–6:30 pm
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Join us for a dynamic conversation about Black spiritual traditions led by moderator Ashara Ekundayo, featuring Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism artists Selam Bekele and Sydney Cain. This virtual discussion will focus on themes of intuition, migration, and how portals of time and space show up in their work. Following this inspiring conversation, move through our new exhibition with a virtual performance by dancer Telice Summerfield as she flows through the gallery, interacting with the artwork and installations throughout the exhibition. 

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Afrofuturism in Sound 

Live Streamed November 2, 2021,  5:30–6:30 pm
Registration is free 

Join award-winning musician and composer Nicole Mitchell and the Black Earth Ensemble in a live streamed performance from OMCA’s new garden stage. The ensemble will perform a range of music using improvisation and technology celebrating contemporary African American culture. The performance will follow a powerful conversation moderated by Ellis Reid of Dolby Laboratories. Nicole Mitchell and Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will discuss how African American music has set the tone for our global culture in the 21st Century, and how these concepts impact and inspire their work. Take part in the conversation through a live virtual chat to share your own perspectives on Afrofuturism and sound. 

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