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Conjurings

CONJURINGS

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The soft opening of Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) is happening this summer. Conjurings will happen over the course of three weekends of public programs shaped by scholars, artists, musicians, writers, machines, and multiple forms of intelligences and undefinable disciplines. Conjurings are an invocation, incantation, un-earthing, questioning, finding ceremony — to body-mindfully open up the space for future (un)doings. We want to fill CARA with voices and practices, to have a foundation in a physical space that involves people’s imprint and not only material infrastructure.

Curator Erika Sprey and artists Lamin Fofana and Sky Hopinka have been working together with Emmy Catedral, Curator of Public Programs, and Manuela Moscoso, Director, permeating our thinking and weaving voices inspired by each of their own practices and research throughout the program and beyond. Out of this process of forging new collaborations and expanding our networks, we are happy to present an outstanding group of people who will present evolving forms of live and situated experimentings.

Our guiding question is: How do we dream not only about ourselves? That is to say, to dream not only about ourselves, but about each other, about beings of the forest, of water, of animals, buildings,  shelter—of concrete or invisible beings as porous interdependent entities reliant on each other and everything around us.

The invited artists consider the potency of dreams, and its possibilities for mobilizing healing, reparation, and somatic social justice. Through attuning to vitality, ecology, sonic lineages, technopoetics, and the many still-unknown capacities of elemental transformation, Conjurings asks how else dreaming might be utilized in focused, materially rooted narratives and pathways for reparation and transcendence.

The three weekend festival is an ongoing program that runs from Friday to Sunday.

Conjurings are free and open to the public. We have limited capacity, so reservations are required.
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Conjuring #1     
08 - 10 July 2022

Friday 7 pm-11 pm
Lamin Fofana, Jace Clayton

Saturday 2 pm-12 am
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Robin D.G. Kelley, Wanda Phipps, Miatta Kawinzi, JJJJJerome Ellis, ray ferreira, DeForrest Brown, Jr.

Sunday 1 pm-5 pm
Marilyn Nance, RaFia, Neema Githere, Grandma Baby Apothecary

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Conjuring #2
22 - 24 July 2022       

Friday 7pm-10pm
Humeysha

Saturday 1 pm-12 am
Amal Alhaag with Kwame Coleman, Negarra Kudumu, Louis Chude-Sokei, Johann Diedrick, The Otolith Group with Ed Halter, Mahan Moalemi, Fred Moten, Brandon Lopez, Miya Masakoa, and Zeena Parkins, Azikiwe Mohammed/DJ Black Helmet

Sunday 1 pm-7 pm
The Black School, Cy X, Pedro Neves Marques, Amanda Piña

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Conjuring #3       
05 - 07 August 2022

Friday 1 pm-7 pm
Sugar Vendil, Aldrin Valdez, Les The DJ

Saturday 1 pm-12 am
Social Dreaming Mesh: Erika Sprey and Peter Aers, Lavender Suarez, Emerson Uýra, Charles Theonia, Wo Chan, Maria Hupfield with Electric Djinn, Nicole Wallace, Suzanne Kite and Robbie Wing, Kemi Alabi, Camille Barton and Annika Izora

Sunday 1 pm-5 pm
Social Dreaming Mesh: Erika Sprey and Peter Aers, Cousin Collective, Gavilán Rayna Russom

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Blue CHiLD. & iris yirei hu will produce a commissioned installation in CARA’s main gallery, accompanying the program of performances, talks, and presentations. The second floor will also host an ongoing exhibition rooting the program in legacies of Black, Latinx and Indigenous intellectual frameworks and their many intertwined cultural expressions, with an intergenerational span of works by Amanda Piña, Betty Tchomanga, Emerson Uyra, Grandma Baby Apothecary, June Jordan, Khari-Johnson Ricks, Marilyn Nance, and Sky Hopinka. Presented in the ground floor gallery and CARA bookstore are works by Neema Githere, Juan Alvear, and the late Anishinaabe and Chemehuevi poet Diane Burns.

We would love to have you with us.

Conjurings are free and open to the public. We have limited capacity, so reservations are required.
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Download the Press Release here.

SCHEDULE

Subject to change.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Aldrin Valdez
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Amal Alhaag with Kwame Coleman, Negarra Kudumu
Amanda Piña
Azikiwe Mohammed/DJ Black Helmet
Betty Tchomanga
The Black School
Blue CHiLD. & iris yirei hu
Camille Barton and Annika Izora
Charles Theonia
Cy X
DeForrest Brown, Jr.
Diane Burns
Emerson Uyra
Gavilán Rayna Russom
Grandma Baby Apothecary
Humeysha
Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture)
JJJJJerome Ellis
Johann Diedrick
Juan Alvear
June Jordan
Kemi Alabi
Khari-Johnson Ricks
Lamin Fofana
Lavender Suarez
Les The DJ
Louis Chude-Sokei
Maria Hupfield with Electric Djinn
Marilyn Nance
Miatta Kawinzi
Nicole Wallace
Neema Githere,
The Otolith Group with Ed Halter, Mahan Moalemi, Fred Moten, Brandon Lopez, Miya Masakoa, and Zeena Parkins
Pedro Neves Marques
RaFia Santana
ray ferreira
Robin D.G. Kelley
Sky Hopinka
Social Dreaming Mesh: Erika Sprey and Peter Aers
Cousin Collective
Sugar Vendil
Suzanne Kite and Robbie Wing
Wanda Phipps
Wo Chan

and more.