Slideshows: No Guts, No Galaxy | Alpha’s Bet
Where: Red Bull Arts New York
220 W. 18th St.
212-966-5200 Price: Free, RSVP requested
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NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.
The format takes inspiration from an existing recording of a slideshow-cum-performance called RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: UNDERGROUND INNER THINKING (1987), given by the artist at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where, in between impromptu freestyles and bouts of audience heckling, Rammellzee espoused his philosophical tenets of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism. Presenters for NO GUTS, NO GALAXY include artists, photographers, writers, curators, and musicians, many of whom share a common history and personal connection with Rammellzee, or have found inspiration in the artist’s diverse, interdisciplinary output. Expect to see presentations—experimental or performative in nature—that feature personal archival materials and rare documentation.
[The 1987 audio recording is Courtesy of the Dutch Graffiti Library.]
ALPHA’S BET with Steffani Jemison
In 2010, artists Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus organized “Book Club,” a literary workshop inspired by W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races to Ebony” at Project Row Houses in Houston. The focus of the think-tank explored African-American aesthetics and literary theory. A year later, the duo continued their investigation into the power of language and knowledge distribution, and organized “Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet,” a traveling, collaborative exhibition program constructed as a reading room and discussion space. It featured a newsstand of reproduced independent Black periodicals issued between 1902-1940.
The project was inspired by the title of Rammellzee’s film script from 2000, entitled “Alpha’s Bet”, in which Jemison and Cyrus employ Rammellzee’s literary theories of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism, arguing that “language is not a passive vessel or known quantity, but rather possesses the potential to reimagine structures of power.” In Jemison’s slideshow, she will speak about language, literacy, and drawing, implicating the Confessions of Nat Turner, the Supreme Alphabet, presidential doodles, and street fiction within a long narrative of privacy, opacity, and resistance.
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