In this provocative performative lecture, renowned artist, curator, and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph uses poem and image to catalog his arc from working on issues of environment in West Oakland to premiering a 6-week installation for Creative Time in New York City’s Central Park. The 7-year journey in between describes an individual and collective prototype for uncovering narratives of black joy in these American hours of chaos. Along the way, Bamuthi will touch on the ethics of hip-hop generation organizing; as the true frontline organizers of the current Black Lives Matter movement are women, gender neutral, or queer, we are faced with the question of how the politics of the dance floor become inert when exposed to the politics of social liberation.

This lecture is part of the TBA Festival Flight: Identity & the Body, which reflects a range of artists from diverse disciplines who work across dance/choreography and interdisciplinary performance to engage the embodied politics and poetics of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and their intersections.

 About TBA Conversations: A series of engaging daily discussions with artists, curators, scholars, and community leaders. TBA Conversations put artists and audiences in direct dialogue, combining live artist interviews with audience Q&A. All conversations are free, open to the public, and take place at PICA from 12:30-1:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Arrive at noon, bring your lunch, and join us on the rooftop deck for iced tea, fresh air, and good company!