I hear the waters’ song

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mumok cinema
April 26, 2017

Films by: Hannah Black, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Paul Maheke, Akosua Adoma Owusu, The Otolith Group

Presented by Andrea Popelka and Lisa Stuckey,
after the screening conversation with Djamila Grandits

“I hear the waters’song” takes place in connection with the exhibition Posthuman Complicities currently on show at xhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: this exhibition addresses concepts of fluidity, the Atlantic, and the deep seas, seeing the ocean as a location of violence and resistance.

The focus of the accompanying program at mumok cinema is on music as a store of colonial history, with a central role taken by the Detroit techno duo Drexciya. In a series of publications and an accompanying mythology, Drexciya reformulated a speculative version of the 1781 massacre on the slave ship Zong, transferring the story to the present day. A large number of filmmakers and artists have drawn on the work of Drexciya. Spirits from the past are conjured up, allowing their voices to be heard in the rhythms of language and song, and in essayistic and simulated moving images. Audre Lorde says: “I hear the waters’ song, feel the tides within the fluids of my body, hear the sea echoing my mother’s voices of survival [...] I hear them resounding inside me from swish to boom – from the dark to the moon of fullness.”

Program

Hannah Black, My Bodies, 2015, 4 min
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part Two, 2015, 10 min
Paul Maheke, What Flows Through and Across (As the Waters Recall), 2017, 14 min
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Drexciya, 2010, 11 min
The Otolith Group, Hydra Decapita, 2010, 31 min

Presented by Andrea Popelka and Lisa Stuckey, after the screening conversation with Djamila Grandits

 
CuratorialLisa Stuckey