December 10, 2018

Former Grant Wood Fellow, Christopher Rasheem-McMillan, has partnered with Jason J. Snell to create Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration: A Performance on December 11, 7-8 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This project explores the speech of African American resistance in our culture, using a custom motion-sensor dance system which abstracts words into musical tones over time. Words from songs, speeches, and media events centered around the African American culture of resistance will be read by a computer voice to abstract and remove them from their original context. Articles and prepositions will be removed so nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs will be emphasized in a new narrative of resistance expressed through McMillan’s movements. The performance will be followed by a conversation about the collaboration.

This project responds to a Stanley Museum of Art exhibition by the same name and was organized by the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project, supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

Free and open to the public.

Watch a synopsis video created by Jason Snell here.