Performance, And More
Sunday, July 17 2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
All that you touch, You Change.
All that you Change, Changes you.
The only lasting truth is Change.
-Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Please join No Longer Empty for OpenXchange, an all-day, open mic closing event hosted by MC’s Sherese Francis and Richard Parker.
Through out the day, local poets, writers, musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists are invited to perform works informed by the art and themes of the exhibition, the ideas that the exhibition inspires, and their interactions with others in the space. An open mic will be available for anyone who feels inspired, and wants to share the stage!
In addition to OpenXchange, the multi-media interactive installation The African Diva Project Live!!! by Margaret Rose Vendryes will be ongoing. Two changing rooms have been transformed into a backstage set where visitors can dress in a selection of gowns and African masks, choose from 87 songs by women represented in the project, and then step out onto the stage to bring their African Diva to life!
What kinds of creations and possible changes will these interactions produce? Come and find out!
Sherese Francis is a Queens-based published poet, writer and blogger of Futuristically Ancient, where she writes about the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora through an afrofuturist lens. She is also the current literary director of the Queens Book Festival, and is working on a few other projects: a fantasy novel called The E based in Queens; the self-published chapbook Lucy's Scroll-Bones, and a longer poetry manuscript.
Richard Parker is a visual artist, tattoo artist and the owner of Think Before You Ink tattoo studio. His work is presented in a two-person exhibition with Israeli street artist Addam Yekutieli at Think Before You Ink, located at 167-16 Hillside Avenue, 2nd Fl. The tattoo studio is open Monday – Saturday, 12 -8pm.