Meaning or movement?
Objects or rhythm?

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti
Ashon Crawley
Zab Maboungou
Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes
September 14, 2018

What ways of being become viable when art is able to interrupt our satisfaction with the intellectual, affective, relational and performative economies we are invested in? What are the conditions that make this interruption possible? In this session, we explore the premise that being cannot be reduced to rational knowing and invite the audience into a fish-bowl conversation related to the implications of mobilizing art primarily through movement, rhythm and process rather than meaning, fixed stories or finished objects.

This conversation was presented as part of the 2018 ArtsEverywhere Festival in Guelph, Canada, and was convened by Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti.

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti introduces the conversation

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti comes from a mixed-heritage family of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples spanning four continents, including semi-nomadic relatives in Abya Yala (Latin America) and Cree and Blackfoot relatives here. She works in the “in-betweens” of art, research, education, health, and wellbeing. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Race Inequalities and Global Change at the University of British Columbia where, as a professor and air-bender storyteller, she strives to enable possibilities for wiser futures and forms of co-existence.

Ashon Crawley – The Lonely Letters: Otherwise in the Flesh

Ashon Crawley is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching experiences are in the areas of Black Studies, Performance Theory and Sound Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Black Feminist, and Queer theories.

You can read Ashon Crawley’s entire “Lonely Letters” series here on ArtsEverywhere.

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and designer who explores the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mystical and the mundane. Alley-Barnes has exhibited sculpture and films in numerous traditional and new-media-based settings. He has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the creation of seminal cultural spaces in Seattle.

Zab Maboungou

Founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou / Danse Nyata Nyata Company, artist-choreographer and performer, philosophy professor and author, Zab Maboungou has distinguished herself on all fronts of artistic and cultural action. Through her works and involvement in artistic and cultural development, she has managed to translate and implant another presence and another focus for the imagination. The author of several articles on dance and the book “Heya Danse! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine” (2005), her reputation as a public speaker and “public intellectual” make her very sought-after wherever there is a meeting between “arts, knowledge and people.” Her original technique of movement, called Loketo, is now a model of its kind.

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