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Virtual Afrofuturist Arts Festival: Intergalactic Soulstice
June 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
One event on June 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm
One event on June 21, 2020 at 11:00 am
The Ackland Art Museum will present its first-ever virtual Afrofuturist art festival, INTERGALACTIC SOULSTICE.
The event was inspired by an Afrofuturist work commissioned by the Ackland Art Museum in August 2019. Project LHAXX, a mural of imagined Afrofuturist hieroglyphics and neon symbols containing a secret cosmic message, along with spaceship schematics inspired by ceremonial masks from the Dogon culture of West Africa, was created by artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry as part of their ongoing body of work known as Intergalactic Soul. Their work presents contemporary conversations about Black experiences, using popular science fiction and comics to chronicle the adventures of their fictional heroes, Astro and Pluto. The artists of Intergalactic Soul, who employ artmaking as a form of activism, frankly acknowledge the oppression of Black people in this country while looking with hope to the future. Intergalactic Soulstice celebrates the visionary nature of Afrofuturism and honors Black humanity.
Puppeteer and Missy Elliott collaborator Jeghetto (Tarish Pipkins) was a natural choice to open the festival; he will perform a special live online version of his Afrofuturist Hip-Hopera 5P1N0K10 (Spinokio), with an all-new Intergalactic Soul-inspired storyline about an android who wants to be a B-Boy, new puppets, and featuring a score by hip-hop producer Hir-O, Friday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, at ackland.org. The half-hour puppet show, suitable for audiences 10 and up, is free but requires registration at ackland.org. It will be followed by a live Q&A with Pipkins.
Quentin Talley and the Soul Providers are longtime collaborators of artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry; they return to the Ackland virtually to premiere an hour-long set, inflected with jazz, funk, and soul, on Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. EDT, with live Q&A with Talley. Speaking about his music in the light of recent protests across the United States, Quentin Talley said, “Music for me, and throughout history, especially Black history and American history, has always been a catalyst for change. In the vein of Nina Simone, it’s the artist’s duty to talk about what’s going on at the time.” Free on the Ackland’s YouTube channel; no registration required.
Artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry, creators of young black comic book heroes Astro and Pluto, lead an hour-long comic drawing workshop on Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m. Artist Marcus Kiser said the aim of the workshop is “Building people’s self-esteem where they view themselves as heroes to society, and helping understand what their superpowers are as real individuals. We’re helping people look within themselves, and find who they want to be or who they aspire to be. Then we add these simple drawing steps of them creating alternate egos for themselves for the better.” Free; registration required at ackland.org.
Intergalactic Soulstice wraps up on Sunday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m. with a virtual Family and Friends Sunday. Explore the world of Project LHAXX with a story time, crafts, and a closer look at the work on display at the Ackland. Each month, the Ackland hosts a free program for families, kids, and the young at heart featuring hands-on art activities, live performances, tours, and more. Although the Museum’s doors are closed for our community’s safety, you can still explore the art virtually! A mix of live and DIY interactive activities awaits you, all inspired by Project LHAXX. Free at ackland.org.
Intergalactic Soulstice is funded in part by a grant from Arts Everywhere and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Puppeteer Jeghetto Performs 5P1N0K10 (Spinokio), a Hip-Hopera, LIVE
Friday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Followed by a live Q&A with the artist.
Live virtual performance on Zoom, free registration required. Connect here.
Quentin Talley and the Soul Providers Play Extended Set of Jazz/Funk/Soul
Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. EDT
Accompanied by a live Q&A with the artists.
Youtube Premiere on the Ackland Art Museum’s Channel. Connect here.
Comic Book Drawing Workshop with Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry of Intergalactic Soul
Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m. EDT
Live virtual workshop on Zoom, free registration required. Connect here.
Virtual Family & Friends Sunday: Project LHAXX
Sunday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m. EDT
Live story time at 2:30 p.m. and downloadable DIY art activities inspired by the Afrofuturist installation Project LHAXX all afternoon. Connect here.