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The Year 3000, video installation, 2019 - 2020. 

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I made a series of videos of Hip Hop dancers listening to old futurist Disco songs from the late 1970s while they meditated on the future. Before beginning the songs, I asked them to, while they listen, imagine a future that "they'd actually like to exist in". They then took a deep breath and listened to the whole song on a pair of noise cancelling headphones. 

By asking the dancers to listen to Disco, but explicitly not dance, I was attempting to enact M. NourbeSe Philip's definition of poetry: "language under pressure". Their body language under pressure, the dancer's faces become almost legible geographies in themselves, inferring but not defining the worlds they imagine. 



 

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