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Postcolonial Circulations of Trauma April 3, 2015



Afro-Swedish Public Culture Symposium with guest artists Sousou and Maher Cissoko April 4, 6 and 7


Pushing the boundaries of contemporary “world music,” the sounds of Sousou and Maher Cissoko resonate as much from West Africa as from northern Europe. Their music features the kora, a West Africa 12-string instrument, fused with Swedish popular and folk music traditions. Also in the mix are the cosmopolitan influences of hip-hop, reggae, and Afropop, creating a distinctly Afro-Swedish style. These charismatic world musicians join Ohio State professor Ryan Skinner for a three-day symposium exploring the music, culture, and politics of race and identity in contemporary Sweden.

Kora master class
Friday, April 4 • 4 p.m. • Hughes Hall, room 109

Sunday, April 6 • 8 p.m. • Archie M. Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union

Roundtable discussion: “The performance/politics of Afro-Swedish public culture”
Monday, April 7 • 4:30 p.m. • Music/Dance Library, room 205

All Events • Free of Charge • Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Musicology area, Ethnomusicology program, Department of African American and African Studies, Performance/Politics Working Group, Center for African Studies, DISCO, Folklore Student Association, EMIC student group

8 Performances


Friday, March 21, 2014

Hopkins Hall

Outside on the Oval

Inside beside Hopkins Hall Gallery if rain

Performances from Panoply Performance Laboratory, Future Death Toll, Robert Ladislas Derr, and several Department of Art graduate students. Free and open to the public.


11:30 – 11:50 Chris Harvey
11:55 – 12:55 Future Death Toll
1:00 – 1:20 Nayeon Yang
1:25 – 1:45 Adrian Waggoner
1:50 – 2:15 Robert Ladislas Derr
2: 20 – 2:40 Sarah Shultz
2:45 – 3:05 Blake Turner
3:10 – 4:10 Panoply Performance Laboratory
4:15 – 5:00 Discussion / Wrap up

Panoply Performance Laboratory (Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle) is unbounded by discipline or field, we collect ourselves around processes, theorizing social systems, ideological structures, modes of production, and epistemic genealogies via actions, relational constructs, images, noise, text, interactions, and objects. Past projects have included a durational diner, a silviculture museum, happenings, full-length operas, workshops, solo and duo actions, conferences, concerts, gallery exhibitions, and large-scale collaborative works of constructional institutional critique. Often focusing on conflicts between individualism and collectivity, PPL’s engagements have included residencies across from the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street and at community colleges, settlement houses, squats, and in other spaces across social spheres. PPL takes one USA tour and one International tour each year, devising site-and-context-specific work outside of their home city of Brooklyn, where PPL is also the name of a studio performance space. http://www.panoplylab.org.

The title of piece: MAROONING

Description: MAROONING is a series of site-and-context specific performances and performance lectures which attempt to index aspects and characteristics of any single situation and any individual humans present. Full of faults, mistakes, and failure, these attempts split at the seams, exposing emotional currents, agencies, intersubjectivities, and other non-parsable forces of energetic chaos. Ultimately, we are fragile bodies marooned between consciousness and cause, between location and perspective, and between the social contracts of collective action and the private horrors of physical sensation.

Future Death Toll Info:

Forged from the figurative beauty that dance, sound, and music provides, FUTURE DEATH TOLL aims to introduce work that uses light, sound, and movement as a metaphorical stand-in for issues like mortality, death, diseases, prison as a corporation, intellectual property rights, and subjective destitution. Pondering questions like: how can we make performances with people not in the same room? Would that also work for several performers in several different places? Would this create or fill a void? How can this engage the public? What’s the most minimal amount of material required to conceptually encapsulate the relevant point? How can we heighten the sense of the present? how are we going to choreograph these disparate movements? These questions become fodder for communication & collaboration between a small, but by no means exclusive, group of performers. Poems, trash bags, heavy breathing, sweat, hair clippers, and orange provide transcendent beauty in an otherwise somber landscape.

TITLE: talk of the town

February events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group would like to extend an invitation for our February events. Acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will be talking about his career and performing excerpts of his work on Feb. 18th at 2:30, and OSU Professor of Music Dr. Danielle Fossler-Lussier will be giving a lecture on Feb. 25th at 4:30.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to get more information on these two events.

Hot off the press: we’ve also just heard that the comedian, writer, and performer Marga Gomez will be at the Ohio Union on Feb. 15th at 8:00 for Q-PID: A Comedy & Dance Extravaganza!

This semester is full of great presentations. We hope you can join us!


November events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group is meeting to discuss The Builders Association’s new work SONTAG: REBORN.

The Wexner Center is welcoming us to attend the talk back with the artists on Friday, November 16, 2013 at 2:30 at the Wexner Center Film Video theatre and The Performance/Politics Working Group is also hosting a discussion of the work, led by Dr. Jennifer Schlueter (Assistant Professor, Theatre) and Francesca Spedalieri (PhD Candidate, Theatre), on Monday, November 19 at 6:00-7:00 PM at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Please see Upcoming Events for additional information and links to readings.

We hope to see you there!

October events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group presents its first public events next week:

First, Dr. Tommy DeFrantz of Duke University will give a lecture on “Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance” on Mon. Oct. 22nd at 12:30 at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Later that same week on Wed. Oct. 24th, join us at the Wexner Center for Tinariwen. The Performance/Politics Working Group will then host a conversation about Tinariwen’s work led by our own Dr. Ryan Skinner on Thurs. Oct. 25th at 4:00 at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to get more information on these two events.

We hope to see you there!