T H E  U N S E E N  F E S T I V A L 2018


Part of the Unseen Festival 2018 is a feature of Fred Moten’s 2018 trilogy consent not to be a single being, which consists of the volumes Black and Blur, Stolen Life, and The Universal Machine. The feature includes a separate installation each of the 21 nights the festival takes place at Counterpath. The feature is curated by Erinrose Mager and includes installations related to the following:

8/17, Aunt Hester’s Scream
9/1, Abbey Lincoln performing with Max Roach
9/2, Lord Invader’s “Crisis in Arkansas”
9/3, Winfried Menninghaus’s “What does it mean to be moved by an artwork?”
9/4, Cecil Taylor’s Dark to Themselves
9/5, Hortense Spillers’s “The Idea of Black Culture” lecture
9/6, Beethoven piano sonata Op. 27. No. 2 (played by Tiffany Poon)
9/8, Nathaniel Mackey’s “Song of the Andoumboulou: 60”
9/12, Interview with Ed Roberson’s (Contemporary Literature, Vol. 52, No. 3, Fall 2011)
9/13, Leon Litwack’s Been in The Storm So Long
9/14, Aldon Lynn Nielsen’s Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism
9/15, Bryan Wagner’s Disturbing The Peace: Black Culture & the Police Power After Slavery
9/16, Arthur Jafa and Kahlil Joseph in conversation, video
9/17, Kahlil Joseph’s “Alice Smith: Black Mary”
9/19, David Hammons’s “Concerto in Black and Blue”
9/20, Francois Girard’s Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould
9/21, Christina Sharpe’s In The Wake: On Blackness and Being with excerpts.
9/22, Rakim
9/27, Richard Iton’s Solidarity Blues: Race, Culture, and the American Left
9/29, Saidiya Hartman’s “Venus in Two Acts”
9/30, Pentecostal whooping and Ashon Crawley’s Blackpentecostal Breath