I will hosting an interactive performance this Friday night at 1am (Saturday) at Recess as part of the 24 HR BALLAD, a project by my friends Alex Segade and Malik Gaines aka Courtesy the Artists.
Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) with Niv Acosta, Morgan Bassichis, Gregg Bordowitz, Quincy Flowers, Charles Gaines, Miguel Guttierez, Nick Hallett, Vishal Jugdeo, Zach Layton, Sara Magenheimer, Zavé Martohardjono, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Tavia Nyong’o, Jeanine Oleson, Jessica Posner, Katy Pyle, Matana Roberts, Marina Rosenfeld, Joshua Seidner, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Christine Sun Kim, and Saya Woolfalk. Presented in conjunction with Performa13.
Extending the narrative form past its own logical conclusion, the 24-Hour Ballad performance draws out one folk song for a full sun-cycle. Courtesy the Artists and collaborators will take a full day to explore “Black is the Color (Of My True Love’s Hair),” an Appalachian folk song with Scottish roots often associated with the Civil War, and later Civil Rights, through memorable interpretations by Nina Simone and Patty Waters. Meditating on the refrain, which suggests an array of affective positions and relations, the artists re-consider the text as an evocation of the non-blond.
Each artist and/or cultural producer will make a work responding to the folk song, scheduled for a different hour of the day, from noon Friday to noon Saturday. Improvisations, recitals, critiques and spectacles!