Dispersing towards being and becoming together: frequential reconfigurations

Dispersing towards being and becoming together: frequential reconfigurations

SAVVY Contemporary

Oscar Murillo, disrupted frequencies (Colombia, Turkey, Brazil) (detail), 2013–2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch and Reinis Lismanis. Courtesy of the artist.

August 8, 2022
Dispersing towards being and becoming together: frequential reconfigurations
September 17–November 27, 2022
Opening, A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise: September 16, 6–8pm
Scuola Grande della Misericordia
Sestiere Cannaregio, 3599
30121 Venice
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A SAVVY Contemporary public programme.
Echoing Oscar Murillo’s exhibition A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise.

Oscar Murillo: A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise 
Open hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm
Free admission

Dispersing towards being and becoming together: frequential reconfigurations
Public programme
With Phyllis Akinyi, Ekow Alabi & the Drummers of Joy, Archive Books (Leila Bencharnia, Wissal Houbabi, Omar Delnevo), Frank Báez, Blick Bassy, Maria Buenaventura, Tanka Fonta, folkloric mashup from Mar, Río, Cordillera, Oscar Murillo, Kettly Nöel, Saca Sal, Michelle M. Wright

Friday, September 16, 2022  
6–8pm: A Storm is Blowing From Paradise
Opening with musicians Mar, Rio, Cordillera

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Calling the storm, setting the tone

2pm: Ekow Alabi and the drummers of joy (musical intro)
2:20pm: SAVVY Contemporary and Oscar Murillo (introduction and welcome)
2:40pm: Archive Books with Leila Bencharnia, Wissal Houbabi, Omar Delnevo (listening session)
3:25pm: Kettly Nöel (performance)  
3:50pm: Ekow Alabi and the drummers of joy (musical interlude)
4:10pm: The calm before the storm (break)
4:20pm: Oscar Murillo with SAVVY (conversation)
5pm: Tanka Fonta (musical performance)
5:45pm: Break
6pm: Michelle M. Wright (Keynote lecture) 
7pm: Maria Buenaventura (Food conversation)
8pm: Food tasting
8:30pm: Ekow Alabi and the drummers of joy (musical interlude)
The heat
8:45pm: Frank Báez (poetry reading)
9:30pm: Phyllis Akinyi (performance)
10pm: Break
10:15pm: Blick Bassy (vocal performance)
11:10pm: Ekow Alabi and the drummers of joy folkloric mashup from Mar, Río y Cordillera (jam session) 
Repercussion of the storm
11:30pm: Saca Sal (sound invocation & DJ set)
1am:  SAVVY team  (sonic hurricane) 

Sunday, September 18, 2022
1pm: Brunch
2pm: Tanka Fonta (acoustic intervention)
2:30pm: Tanka Fonta with music group Mar, Rio, Cordillera (jam session)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 
10–12pm: Workshop—On Convergence 
1–3pm: Public gathering
4pm Jam session

SAVVY Contemporary and Oscar Murillo invite you cordially to the exhibition A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise which SAVVY Contemporary will echo, expand and jam with the different tones, marks, gestures, beats, and temporalities sedimented by thousands of children from different corners of the world in Oscar Murillo’s project Frequencies. During the duration of the exhibition, SAVVY Contemporary amplifies the rhythms and murmurs of this multivocal and kaleidoscopic project through a series of “invocations” brought forth through gestures of collective nourishment expanding across dancing together, cooking with one another, and listening to the incantations and readings of our past, present, and futures. 

Initiated by Oscar Murillo in 2013, Frequencies has been grounded in the dispersal and sending of pieces of raw canvas to schools around the globe. Over the past nine years, the project has visited more than 350 schools in over 30 countries and affixed artist canvas to classroom desks for a semester, inviting students to freely mark, draw and write on their surfaces. The canvases, with their accumulated intentional and unintentional marking, are collected after approximately six months of “sedimentation” in the classroom. The growing archive has collected to date more than 40,000 canvases from all corners of the world.

Intervening in and attuning to the cadences, the pulses, and frequencies of these collective archives brought together for the first time in such magniloquence in Venice, at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, SAVVY Contemporary will embrace the A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise—the title of the exhibition—by weaving together the winds, sounds, and water molecules, the thunders, lightning, and warm and moist airs in a collective orchestration of these forces and tempos to embody the plurality of Murillo’s project. 

As a response to the different moments and movements that Frequencies elicits, the public programme cooked by SAVVY Contemporary unfolds through four different focal investigations and perspectives of analysis and engagement. The first movement is the one of “Dispersal,” which reflects on the experience of the diaspora, of being parted from a place and dispersed in the world, as the initial phase of dispersing the canvases of Frequencies into the world. The second path the one of “Convergence,” referring to the getting together and sharing of a struggle across differences and geographies, evoking movements such as the Rastafarian, the Harlem Renaissance or the Panafrican—among others—when thinking through black experience, as much as the coming together of the canvases from the different parts of the world. The third momentum is the one of “Fragmentation,” the recognition of difference in the common struggle, and the importance of fragmenting to refine the struggle, “to become one, and yet many” as Ralph Ellison put it, while the last tempo is the one of “Reconfiguration,” the crossing of the canvases into each other and the new meanings that are created, the paths that are opened by these encounters and the new senses of belonging brought together.

Enacting a space of performance as a space of possibility and of collective improvisation, engaging with phonic, poetic, and corporeal elements, with their ruptures, collisions, and reciprocal responses, this “Invocation“ programme will materialise as an encounter itself, as an ensemble of notes and voices, a score to imagine new possibilities of thinking the multidirectional pasts and futures through presence, where materiality and animateriality cannot be separated. 

This programme is a collaboration between SAVVY Contemporary and Oscar Murillo Studio.

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