Saturday, June 24, 2006

School's Out (but not Study Hall)

“At this critical moment, we believe that the concept of race only as a ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’ is already an obsolete software, an unstable system on which to pin humanity’s advancement. We believe that the place of art is to posit new social arrangements in which we have so fully realized our potential that we can inhabit blackness as the malleable, fluid, and ecstatic hybrid technology it is.” – from the Carbonist School Manifesto

Today marks the official opening of The Carbonist School: Study Hall, an exhibition at Atlanta’s Eyedrum gallery. The curators are Charles H. Nelson and Cinque Hicks (one of co-founders of The Carbonist School). Keith and I are in the show, as are Greg Tate , Kojo Griffin, Torkwase Dyson, Kevin Sipp, Cauleen Smith, Beatrice L. Thomas, Jabari Hall Smith, and Ogechi Chieke, and Leslie Hewitt & William Cordova. Many, many friends in the mix -- one of whom is a former student -- as well as people whose work we’ve admired from afar. audiologo blogs it here.

The opening party is July 15, 7-11pm, during the National Black Arts Festival.

The Carbonist School: Study Hall

Eyedrum Art/Music
Suite 8, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
June 24, 2006 - August 5, 2006


That same weekend we’ll present on a panel at the High Museum of Art for the annual conference of the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups. The two-day conference will include a keynote talk by the nearly omniscient Richard Long, as well as a number of panel conversations by artists, curators, and collectors of African-American art. Organized and moderated by Torkwase Dyson, our panel, algorithmeticblackbase10, sets out to “1) exhibit ways new media art implies different contexts for experiencing technology; 2) create a discourse around how digital technology affects the conceptual and compositional process of art making; 3) produce a platform for black digital media artists to address cultural topics.” Panel participants also include Brian Horton, Stan Woodard, and Cinque Hicks.

Navigating the Mainstream VIII
Creative Collaborations: Artists, Curators, and Collectors

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia
recorded information: 404-733-HIGH
Receptionist: 404-733-4400

July 13-14, 2006


Blogger kelly gabron said...

Hi Mendi,
We met in Atlanta and then ended up at the Harlem Bar. It was too loud to talk. And I really wanted to chat with you and Keith about the show, and about The Carbonist School in general. You blog diplomatically avoids any analysis of the show or The Carbonist School Manifesto. But we wrote the thing to provoke conversation. Does the manifesto resonate on any level? I think of it as a pebble - not even a pebble, a raindrop - one of many - making a ripple. The Carbonist areeager to see how far the ripples can roll.

2:28 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Mendi O. said...

Hi "Kelly Gabron", It was wonderful to meet you. I will be blogging on Study Hall, and the manifesto and potential resonances, but have found that this summer I have needed a true break from the blog. In due time, my new friend.

1:52 PM, August 05, 2006  

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