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Black Quantum Futurism × Languid Hands: The Fullness of Time + H-E-L-L-O
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Courtesy Cauleen Smith


A screening of Chicago-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Cauleen Smith’s The Fullness of Time (2018) and H-E-L-L-O (2014), presented by London-based curatorial duo Languid Hands.

Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson of Languid Hands will introduce the films, which focus on post-Katrina New Orleans, ruminating on the markedly Black city as a site of both trauma and generative action.

Cauleen Smith’s moving image works honour the futuristic aspects of Black radicalism in a way that is both aesthetically and theoretically aligned with Black Quantum Futurism’s use of Afrofuturism as a tool for overcoming injustice. Both BQF and Smith actively consider sound, music, temporality, Blackness, resistance and specifically reference urban space and housing activism in their work.
Languid Hands is an artistic and curatorial collaboration between DJ, filmmaker and programmer Rabz Lansiquot, and writer, facilitator and live art practitioner Imani Robinson, both based in London. Born out of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) collective, Languid Hands takes inspiration from SYFU’s legacy of creating intentional spaces, for deep study, conversation and multi-disciplinary artmaking, that foreground a Black and queer subject-position and a Black radical political standpoint.

Cauleen Smith is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem; Houston Contemporary Art Museum; Yerba Buena Center for Art, San Francisco; the New Museum, New York; D21 Kunstraum Leipzig; and Decad, Berlin. She has had solo shows at The Kitchen, New York; MCA Chicago; and Threewalls, Chicago. Smith currently serves as faculty for the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA programme.
 
06:45 pm
Thu, 22 Aug 2019
Lower Gallery

£5 Full, £4 Green/Concs, £3 Blue Members

This screening will be introduced by Languid Hands.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated. Groups are advised to arrive early as seating is unallocated.

Red Membership includes free access to all programmes for £16.66 / month.