Distant Presence | Imminent Future

As part of our on-going exhibition and series of live events,
INFORMATION: Black Culture in Contemporary Art, we are excited to announce this special presentation for September’s Third Friday at our new location in the Gallery Building on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza.
Distant Presence | Imminent Future
an Interactive Performance and Installation
September 16th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Distant Presence | Imminent Future will examine the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of race and class through an interactive performance, and mixed media production by Ada Pinkston featuring performances by Ancestral Duo and Amorous Ebony. From cement roads to contemporary architecture, the land that we live on is filled with hints of the past that have been covered up, and forgotten. How does the past inform the present? How does the present inform the future?
Part I : Discourse on the Present
5:00pm – 6:00pm
The artist will record a series of conversations to incorporate into a community sounding board as part of the exhibition. Questions for people who participate: What does your family’s labor history look like? What is the connection that you have to labor? Why do we still talk about race even though there was a black president? Do black lives matter?
Part II : Meditation on the Future
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Is a post-modern visual ballet that will include video projections and a mixed media installation. This performance will examine the the past, present and future of the streets and people of Maryland. A video projection that demonstrates the evolution of the socio-political architecture of the state will play while live performances will recreate enactments of the labor of the past and create a ritual for a better future. This performance is an attempt to give voice to the wayfaring spirits that move through the land, streets, and buildings that hold so many stories yet to be told.
Ada Pinkston
is a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in New York, her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using monoprint, performance, experimental video, and collage techniques. Inter-subjective exchange is also the primary substrate of her work. Her work has been featured in Transmodern Performance Festival, MOMA P.S.1, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Grace Exhibition Space, Vox Populi, Panapoly Performance Lab, and the streets of Berlin. She is a Baker Artist award semifinalist who is a recipient of a Mississippi State Arts Council Grant, Blaunstein Scholarship, and a Michael Mazur Printmaking Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore Maryland.
Amorous Ebony
A voice from heaven holds more than its weight in gold. It lures you into a sultry trance like the dance of a summer night’s soirée. Meet Amorous Ebony. Amorous Ebony is a beautiful soul on a journey through life. Ebony’s music is relief for travelers on their own narrow road. Amorous Ebony hails from the great city of Baltimore, Maryland. Amorous is a singer, songwriter, actress, jewelry creator, arts instructor, and cultural activist. Amorous is a youth cultural organizer for Youth Resiliency Institute which is an intergenerational group of individuals who express the importance of Kwanzaa’s principles in everyday life, elevate the understanding of cultural consciousness, and develop through a rites of passage performing arts process. In 2013, she traveled to East Africa where she performed with local music group, WAKUNGA ZAMANI, and recorded her very first demo. Amorous currently sings as lead vocalist for the seasoned band, Akebulan Archestra where she sings abstract and ancestral music. Amorous recently received an award from the honor’s society at Coppin State University in recognition of her Artistic Excellence. She also received a Performing Arts Scholarship from the Coca Cola Foundation. Amorous graduated from Coppin State University in May 2015 with a B.S. degree in Urban (Community) Arts. Amorous recently teamed up with community activists to create, Black Women and Girls Lives Matter, in Baltimore City. This was an organized protest and celebration created to recognize women who lost their lives to abuse, violence and police brutality. Amorous has performed throughout Baltimore, Philly, Pittsburgh, Tanzania and Colorado
Ancestral Duo
is the collaboration of multi-­‐instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electroacoustic Meditations; that aim to reach deep within one’s soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.
Jamal R. Moore
is a multi-­‐instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts
(M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis. Jamal has worked with notable musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist), Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, and the late George Duke and Sheila E. He is a long term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. He was also a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; and Joyful Noise Band under the direction of Luke Stewart. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, Black Elements Quartet, and Organix Trio. “As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to cleanse disease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and spirit.”
Multi-­‐Instrumentalist Luke Stewart
is a seminal figure in DC’s music community and a key organizer of important musical presentations. His regular ensembles include Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman, and legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin. He is also a member of experimental electronic group MOM^2(MindOverMatter, Music Over Mind), with whom he was invited to perform and lecture at the University of South Carolina, as well as being invited to perform at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music. He also is a solo performer, having presented original material and improvisations throughout the East Coast. Luke is a founder of Union Arts DC, a collective space for artists in Washington, DC, and regularly presents challenging performances of Jazz and Avant Garde music through CapitalBop, an organization devoted to presenting and promoting jazz in DC, and his own “Creative Music in DC” series. He was called a “Jazz Revolutionary” when profiled in the “People Issue” of the Washington City Paper in 2014. Luke has performed with the legendary saxophonists Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson, both seminal members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He also performed with notable creative jazz musicians Ernest Dawkins, Lewis Barnes, Joseph Bowie, and Adam Rudolph. Other notable collaborations include performances and/or recordings with William Hooker, Khan Jamal, John Sinclair, Abiodun Oyewale of The Last Poets, JeanPaul Bourellly, Guggenhiem Fellow Thomas Sayers Ellis, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Kao Hwang, Lafayette Gilchrist, Brian Settles, Kier Neuringer, James Brandon Lewis, Max Johnson, Anthony Pirog, Jon Irabagon, David Ornette Cherry, Ras Moshe, Tom Zlabinger, Ed Ricart, Elliott Levin, Susan Alcorn, Chuck Bettis, Janel Leppin, Federico Ughi, Bill Cole, and Moor Mother Goddess.

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