ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation Closing Ceremony with Julian Otis and Angel Bad Dawid
Monday, February 4th, 6-9PM
“Journey sonically with us and let your ancestors guide you back to the secret place hidden deep within the back bushes of your soul. There is no admission, only active participation in the sound world. Bring your voice, your vessel to tell your secrets to, your instrument and an intention to lose one chain in your life.” - Self Care Chicago
Join ECLIPSING and Experimental Station for a closing ceremony of the ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation festival! This performative event, led by Angel Bat Dawid and Julian Otis of Self Care = Resistance, will feature a participatory healing exercise drawing from black ancestral traditions of hush harbours.
Please bring an object or vessel of your choosing to this event
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
About Self-Care = Resistance:
Self-Care = Resistance is a community gathering for collective expression through music, dance, poetry, rap, and beyond. Bring yourself, your instrument, your pen and let's mediate.
Angel Bat Dawid is a Black Earth Traditional composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, and vinyl addict. In 2018, she composed a “cosmic love opera” based on Song of Solomon that was performed by prominent free-jazz musicians at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. She is a sonic archaeologist gathering and excavating soundz/music from space, the heavens, the ether and beyond.
Julian Otis a multidisciplinary artist, creative vocalist/improviser and composer is known for bringing fresh perspective, nuance, and “high drama” to the contemporary music world. He has performed with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Imani Winds, and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble. He premiered George E. Lewis’ chamber opera Afterword has been a featured performer in Otobong Nkanga’s work Carved to Flow both at the MCA Chicago.
ECLIPSING is a collaborative, multi-media festival, centering the work of artists and healers who find inspiration and strength within self-defined interpretations of darkness. ECLIPSING creates space for LGBTQIA+ artists and performers, namely trans, gender non-conforming & queer people of color, to cross boundaries between mediums, and to mobilize and harness darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities, creating space for reckoning and collective healing. The festival offers a constellation of events and experiences including a workshop series, a performance festival, a film/video screening, collaborative public programs, and a performative lecture.
ECLIPSING is a collaborative, multi-media festival, centering the work of artists and healers who find inspiration and strength within self-defined interpretations of darkness. ECLIPSING creates space for LGBTQIA+ artists and performers, namely trans & queer people of color, to cross boundaries between mediums, and to mobilize and harness darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities, creating space for reckoning and collective healing.
The festival offers a constellation of events and experiences including a workshop series, a performance festival, a film/video screening, collaborative public programs, and a performative lecture.
These events converge around the astrological occasion of the first lunar eclipse of 2019.
A celestial body is eclipsed when another larger body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the smaller body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The word “eclipse” reveals dominant interpretations of darkness. The ECLIPSING festival aims to hold space for multiple imaginings of darkness, freeing darkness of its binary, limited and often solely "negative" definitions seen in opposition to light.
ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation features artists who engage themes of complete loss and trauma, surveillance and technology, and processes of healing and regeneration.
Through the labor of many deeply talented individuals, the ECLIPSING festival in January of 2019 brazenly cast itself across the city of Chicago bringing conversation, celebration and deep contemplation across cultural organizations. ECLIPSING: Death and Transformation, seeks to encourage deeper seeing, closer listening and bolder feeling.
Amina Ross - Curator
Festival curator Amina Ross, is an undisciplined artist, and cultural organizer who creates boundary-crossing works that explore identity, language, intimacy, and community in physical and digital spaces. Amina has presented work, spoken on panels and conducted workshops throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include ‘FREE FRUIT’ at EXPO Chicago and ‘Daisy Chain’ at Prairie (Chicago, IL). Amina’s moving image installation work will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Re-figure-ground’ at arebyte gallery in London, England.
Amina is currently a 2018-19 Artists-In-Residence at Arts + Public Life/ University of Chicago.
Madison Smith - Project Manager
Madison Smith is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and art historian exploring ideas of intimacy, flatness, and autobiography using mediums of fiber art and sculptural installation. Smith has managed a diverse range of public programs in partnership with institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, the Evanston Art Center, and LATITUDE | Chicago. Smith is a co-founder of Monarch Art and Wellness, assistant instructor of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teen Lab program, and 2018 Programming Fellow at LATITUDE | Chicago. Since graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art and Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, Smith has demonstrated a commitment to emerging artists and creative platforms in Chicago, IL. (Photo credit Jacob King)