RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder

Programming

SLIDESHOWS: NO GUTS, NO GALAXY

June 7, 2018Announcement:

NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.

The format takes inspiration from an existing recording of a slideshow-cum-performance called RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: UNDERGROUND INNER THINKING (1987), given by the artist at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where, in between impromptu freestyles and bouts of audience heckling, Rammellzee espoused his philosophical tenets of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism. Presenters for NO GUTS, NO GALAXY include artists, photographers, writers, curators, and musicians, many of whom share a common history and personal connection with Rammellzee, or have found inspiration in the artist’s diverse, interdisciplinary output. Expect to see presentations—experimental or performative in nature—that feature personal archival materials and rare documentation.

RSVP is strongly recommended, as seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please indicate the event title in your email to redbullartsnewyork@culturalcounsel.com or RSVP directly below.

Photo Credit: Rammellzee as a visiting lecturer for Professor of Architecture, Corrado Levi at Polytechnic University of Milan, May 26, 1983. Photo by Corrado Levi.

20180607 20180607 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Announcement:

NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.

The format takes inspiration from an existing recording of a slideshow-cum-performance called RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: UNDERGROUND INNER THINKING (1987), given by the artist at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where, in between impromptu freestyles and bouts of audience heckling, Rammellzee espoused his philosophical tenets of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism. Presenters for NO GUTS, NO GALAXY include artists, photographers, writers, curators, and musicians, many of whom share a common history and personal connection with Rammellzee, or have found inspiration in the artist’s diverse, interdisciplinary output. Expect to see presentations—experimental or performative in nature—that feature personal archival materials and rare documentation.

RSVP is strongly recommended, as seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please indicate the event title in your email to redbullartsnewyork@culturalcounsel.com or RSVP directly below.

Photo Credit: Rammellzee as a visiting lecturer for Professor of Architecture, Corrado Levi at Polytechnic University of Milan, May 26, 1983. Photo by Corrado Levi.

NO GUTS, NO GALAXY Rammellzee Red Bull Arts New York

Artist-Led Tour: DELTA 2

June 6, 2018 — Wednesday, 6pm

This summer, Red Bull Arts New York is hosting a series of tours led by friends, artists, and contemporaries of Rammellzee, and with many of whom participated in the exhibition’s oral history project.

RSVP recommended. Please indicate the tour in your email to redbullartsnewyork@culturalcounsel.com

Drop ins welcome!

Join us for the first in the series with DELTA 2, iconic graffiti artist and member of the Gettovets, as he walks visitors through the exhibition and shares behind-scene-stories about how many works on display came to life. DELTA is also featured in our new short film RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What, which explores graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon, Rammellzee. In case you missed the film, DELTA will kick off the tour with a screening of the short film.

Photo Credit: Film still from documentation of Rammellzee touring a group of visitors through one of his exhibitions at the Manhattan Mini Storage on Laight Street, where he organized several of his own shows and performances in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Courtesy of the Estate Collection.

20180606 20180606 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Wednesday, 6pm

This summer, Red Bull Arts New York is hosting a series of tours led by friends, artists, and contemporaries of Rammellzee, and with many of whom participated in the exhibition’s oral history project.

RSVP recommended. Please indicate the tour in your email to redbullartsnewyork@culturalcounsel.com

Drop ins welcome!

Join us for the first in the series with DELTA 2, iconic graffiti artist and member of the Gettovets, as he walks visitors through the exhibition and shares behind-scene-stories about how many works on display came to life. DELTA is also featured in our new short film RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What, which explores graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon, Rammellzee. In case you missed the film, DELTA will kick off the tour with a screening of the short film.

Photo Credit: Film still from documentation of Rammellzee touring a group of visitors through one of his exhibitions at the Manhattan Mini Storage on Laight Street, where he organized several of his own shows and performances in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Courtesy of the Estate Collection.

Artist-Led Tours Red Bull Arts New York

Slideshow: DOWNTOWN ‘81 (In Memory of Glenn O’Brien), with Kenneth Goldsmith

June 14, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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MoMA poet Laureate Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of Ubuweb, reads excerpts from his book, “New York: Capital of the 20th Century” (Verso, 2015), a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” for NYC. The slideshow and reading will focus on the downtown section, which paints a picture of that scene of which Rammellzee was an integral part, with excerpts from dozens of authors including: Keith Haring, Anthony Haden-Guest, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Andy Warhol, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, Bret Easton Ellis, Guy Trebay, David Wojnarowicz, and many more.

Photo Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat, film still from “Downtown 81”, script: Glenn O’ Brien, director: Edo Bertoglio, producer: Maripol, 2000.

20180614 20180614 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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MoMA poet Laureate Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of Ubuweb, reads excerpts from his book, “New York: Capital of the 20th Century” (Verso, 2015), a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” for NYC. The slideshow and reading will focus on the downtown section, which paints a picture of that scene of which Rammellzee was an integral part, with excerpts from dozens of authors including: Keith Haring, Anthony Haden-Guest, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Andy Warhol, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, Bret Easton Ellis, Guy Trebay, David Wojnarowicz, and many more.

Photo Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat, film still from “Downtown 81”, script: Glenn O’ Brien, director: Edo Bertoglio, producer: Maripol, 2000.

NO GUTS NO GALAXY Kenneth Goldsmith Red Bull Arts New York

Slideshow: MAD MISSIVES, LAST WORDS, AND THE FINE ART OF MARGINALIA: LEARNING TO READ OUTSIDE THE LINES, with Carlo McCormick.

June 21, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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Carlo McCormick, co-curator of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, presents a motley historical collection of voices on the fringe; a kind of “last words” ultimatum from artists, activists and outsider figures. Cries of rage or calls for help, desperate times calls for desperate measures. Projects, gestures, hasty inscriptions and sophisticated marketing campaigns all collide in a hypertext of dread and desire. Including images from: John Fekner, Vito Acconci, Rammellzee, Trevor Paglen, Icy & Sot, Ernest Zacharevic, Shepard Fairey, George Booruji, Freedom, Revs, the Situationist International, the Unabomber, Medieval monks and a special tribute to the student revolts of 1968 on their 50th anniversary.

Photo Credit: John Fekner, “Broken Promises”, 1980.

20180621 20180621 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
RSVP

Carlo McCormick, co-curator of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, presents a motley historical collection of voices on the fringe; a kind of “last words” ultimatum from artists, activists and outsider figures. Cries of rage or calls for help, desperate times calls for desperate measures. Projects, gestures, hasty inscriptions and sophisticated marketing campaigns all collide in a hypertext of dread and desire. Including images from: John Fekner, Vito Acconci, Rammellzee, Trevor Paglen, Icy & Sot, Ernest Zacharevic, Shepard Fairey, George Booruji, Freedom, Revs, the Situationist International, the Unabomber, Medieval monks and a special tribute to the student revolts of 1968 on their 50th anniversary.

Photo Credit: John Fekner, “Broken Promises”, 1980.

NO GUTS, NO GALAXY Carlo McCormick Red Bull Arts New York

Artist-Led Tour: CRAZY LEGS

June 27, 2018 — Wednesday, 6pm
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A flashback to The RAMM:ELL:ZEE: A walk with Crazy Legs
Join Crazy Legs, president of the iconic b-boy and hip-hop group the Rock Steady Crew, for a historical and personalized tour as he walks visitors through the exhibition and discusses Rammellzee’s early MC days.

Photo Credit: Crazy Legs and Loose Bruce, Bronx, NY. November 1981. Photo: Seth Tillett

20180627 20180627 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Wednesday, 6pm
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A flashback to The RAMM:ELL:ZEE: A walk with Crazy Legs
Join Crazy Legs, president of the iconic b-boy and hip-hop group the Rock Steady Crew, for a historical and personalized tour as he walks visitors through the exhibition and discusses Rammellzee’s early MC days.

Photo Credit: Crazy Legs and Loose Bruce, Bronx, NY. November 1981. Photo: Seth Tillett

Flashback To Rammellzee: A walk with Crazy Legs

Slideshow: IKONOKLAST BATTLE STATION VS. THE CLOCKTOWER: IT’S YOUR DEATH, with Charlie Ahearn.

June 28, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style (1983), presents a live slideshow video mix on Rammellzee, set against his iconic radio program Yes Yes Y’all. Featuring special rants, MC excerpts, and Ramm’s theories on the Alpha’s Bet, Ahearn drives us through rare Battlestation photographs, early Hip-hop graffiti slides, video documentation on the origins of Battle Culture, and Wild Stylism through the wind tunnels to Ramm’s Gothic Futurism finale.

Photo Credit: Rammellzee in the Battlestation, 2005. © Charlie Ahearn. 2005.

20180628 20180628 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style (1983), presents a live slideshow video mix on Rammellzee, set against his iconic radio program Yes Yes Y’all. Featuring special rants, MC excerpts, and Ramm’s theories on the Alpha’s Bet, Ahearn drives us through rare Battlestation photographs, early Hip-hop graffiti slides, video documentation on the origins of Battle Culture, and Wild Stylism through the wind tunnels to Ramm’s Gothic Futurism finale.

Photo Credit: Rammellzee in the Battlestation, 2005. © Charlie Ahearn. 2005.

NO GUTS NO GALAXY Charlie Ahearn Red Bull Arts New York

Artist-Led Tour: Enrico Isamu Oyama

July 11, 2018 — Wednesday, 6pm
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Join Ōyama for an exhibition walk-thru and discussion about the impact of Rammellzee and New York aerosol writing culture on young people in Japan through early to mid 2000’s.
Focusing on the Letter Racers, Ōyama will contextualize Rammellzee’s work within the historical development and visual language of New York’s aerosol writing culture, and present an overview of Ramm’s activities in Japan, spanning the early to mid aughts. Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about Ōyama’s own practice and how his work has been influenced by Rammellzee’s philosophy. In 2017, the artist edited the special issue on aerosol writing culture entitled SIGNALS! for Bijutsu-Tencho, one of Japan’s leading art magazines, with comparative pieces and essays on artists from both the contemporary art and aerosol writing culture to describe the cultural landscape that spans over two different artistic contexts, highlighting works by the likes of Christopher Wool, Jose Parla, Hans Hartung, Futura2000, Sue Williams, Oscar Murillo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Ushio Shinohara, Rammellzee, among others.

“Co-presented by Cura/genda”

20180711 20180711 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Wednesday, 6pm
RSVP

Join Ōyama for an exhibition walk-thru and discussion about the impact of Rammellzee and New York aerosol writing culture on young people in Japan through early to mid 2000’s.
Focusing on the Letter Racers, Ōyama will contextualize Rammellzee’s work within the historical development and visual language of New York’s aerosol writing culture, and present an overview of Ramm’s activities in Japan, spanning the early to mid aughts. Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about Ōyama’s own practice and how his work has been influenced by Rammellzee’s philosophy. In 2017, the artist edited the special issue on aerosol writing culture entitled SIGNALS! for Bijutsu-Tencho, one of Japan’s leading art magazines, with comparative pieces and essays on artists from both the contemporary art and aerosol writing culture to describe the cultural landscape that spans over two different artistic contexts, highlighting works by the likes of Christopher Wool, Jose Parla, Hans Hartung, Futura2000, Sue Williams, Oscar Murillo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Ushio Shinohara, Rammellzee, among others.

“Co-presented by Cura/genda”

Enrico Isamu Oyama Artist-Led Tour Red Bull Arts New York

Slideshow: TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE: A CLOSER LOOK INTO THE ART OF RAMMELLZEE, with Kool Koor.

July 12, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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Singular amongst his pioneering contemporaries in the New York Graffiti scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s; which included writers like Dondi, LEE, Lady Pink, Futura, Blade and Zephyr, was the equation known as The RAMM:ELL:ZEE; a practitioner of his own school of Wildstyle that envisaged a complex ideology that sought to destroy the systemic oppression of language.
Take a deep dive into the dark world of Gothic Futurism with one of Rammellzee’s only disciples; Bronx-born, Brussels-based artist, Kool Koor, aka B-1, a pioneering graffiti writer and member of Ramm’s Tag Master Killers crew (TMK), as he examines a selection of artworks in the current exhibition – including The Garbage Gods, Letter Racers, Luxternomeres, Thug Notes, and The Bands of Steel – providing a closer look at the philosophy embedded within Rammellzee’s cosmology, and the formal tactics employed within the technique of Ikonoklast Panzerism.

20180712 20180712 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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Singular amongst his pioneering contemporaries in the New York Graffiti scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s; which included writers like Dondi, LEE, Lady Pink, Futura, Blade and Zephyr, was the equation known as The RAMM:ELL:ZEE; a practitioner of his own school of Wildstyle that envisaged a complex ideology that sought to destroy the systemic oppression of language.
Take a deep dive into the dark world of Gothic Futurism with one of Rammellzee’s only disciples; Bronx-born, Brussels-based artist, Kool Koor, aka B-1, a pioneering graffiti writer and member of Ramm’s Tag Master Killers crew (TMK), as he examines a selection of artworks in the current exhibition – including The Garbage Gods, Letter Racers, Luxternomeres, Thug Notes, and The Bands of Steel – providing a closer look at the philosophy embedded within Rammellzee’s cosmology, and the formal tactics employed within the technique of Ikonoklast Panzerism.

TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Red Bull Arts New York

Slideshow: AND NOW, RAP! (Adesso Rap!), with a slideshow of photographs by Seth Tillett, narrated by The RammEllZee.

July 19, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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In the middle of a November night in 1981, I stumbled onto New York’s only rap radio program at the time, deejay’d by the legendary John Rivas, aka Mr. Magic. I called in with a few questions, and rather than get into it on air, Magic invited me up to the station. The following day he agreed to escort me into the heart of the Hip Hop scene. So began a photographic odyssey in which I was hired by Italian Vogue to document the birth of a culture. I was given a new camera and no editorial limits. For two weeks, I photographed everything I encountered from Grandmaster Flash at the turntables in the Disco Fever and Sylvia Robinson recording The Furious Five at her Jersey studios, to the Sugar Hill Gang, who received a club trophy for their first hit. I shot J-M Basquiat in his studio beneath Annina Nosei’s gallery, and students at the Bronx’s Kennedy High School pioneering Hip Hop’s winter styles. This dream assignment culminated in a private throw-down where the RAMMELLZEE and the Soul of Sounds rapped with Fab Five Freddy, while Crazy Legs and The Rock Steady Crew broke in front of an invited crowd that included Keith Haring, Kenny Scarf, Rene Ricard and many others. A few days later I screened these pictures for The RammEllZee alone, and recorded his reactions.

Beyond a handful of shots published by LEI Magazine under the title ‘Adesso Rap!’ in March of 1982, few of these pictures and none of these recordings have been seen or heard in public.

20180719 20180719 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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In the middle of a November night in 1981, I stumbled onto New York’s only rap radio program at the time, deejay’d by the legendary John Rivas, aka Mr. Magic. I called in with a few questions, and rather than get into it on air, Magic invited me up to the station. The following day he agreed to escort me into the heart of the Hip Hop scene. So began a photographic odyssey in which I was hired by Italian Vogue to document the birth of a culture. I was given a new camera and no editorial limits. For two weeks, I photographed everything I encountered from Grandmaster Flash at the turntables in the Disco Fever and Sylvia Robinson recording The Furious Five at her Jersey studios, to the Sugar Hill Gang, who received a club trophy for their first hit. I shot J-M Basquiat in his studio beneath Annina Nosei’s gallery, and students at the Bronx’s Kennedy High School pioneering Hip Hop’s winter styles. This dream assignment culminated in a private throw-down where the RAMMELLZEE and the Soul of Sounds rapped with Fab Five Freddy, while Crazy Legs and The Rock Steady Crew broke in front of an invited crowd that included Keith Haring, Kenny Scarf, Rene Ricard and many others. A few days later I screened these pictures for The RammEllZee alone, and recorded his reactions.

Beyond a handful of shots published by LEI Magazine under the title ‘Adesso Rap!’ in March of 1982, few of these pictures and none of these recordings have been seen or heard in public.

AND NOW, RAP! (Adesso Rap!), with a slideshow of photographs by Seth Tillett, narrated by The RammEllZee.

Slideshow: GHOST AMONG THE CREW, with members from the art damaged hip-hop pioneering group, Death Comet Crew.

July 26, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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An evening of musical memories, stories, mad scratching and ’80’s cross genre ambience, with rare photographs from Noyuri Tokiwa and members of DCC (Founder Stuart Argabright and DJ Nick Taylor aka DJ High Priest), spanning their iconic early 80s shows at Danceteria to the late aughts in Japan and Europe.
Photos by Noyuri Tokiwa, Timothy Saccenti, Michael Diekmann, and Stuart Argabright.
Music multiverse provided special by Nick Taylor & SA.
Stuart Argabright is a producer and director who has been working in music and multimedias in NYC since 1978. Stuart has created The Futants, Ike Yard, Dominatrix (with their infamous cult club track Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight), DCC aka Death Comet Crew, The Voodooists, Black Rain and more.

Photo by: Noyuri Tokiwa

20180726 20180726 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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An evening of musical memories, stories, mad scratching and ’80’s cross genre ambience, with rare photographs from Noyuri Tokiwa and members of DCC (Founder Stuart Argabright and DJ Nick Taylor aka DJ High Priest), spanning their iconic early 80s shows at Danceteria to the late aughts in Japan and Europe.
Photos by Noyuri Tokiwa, Timothy Saccenti, Michael Diekmann, and Stuart Argabright.
Music multiverse provided special by Nick Taylor & SA.
Stuart Argabright is a producer and director who has been working in music and multimedias in NYC since 1978. Stuart has created The Futants, Ike Yard, Dominatrix (with their infamous cult club track Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight), DCC aka Death Comet Crew, The Voodooists, Black Rain and more.

Photo by: Noyuri Tokiwa

Death Comet Crew - Photo by Noyuri Tokiwa

Slideshow: THE TEMPORAL DISRUPTORS, with Black Quantum Futurism: Rasheedah Phillips and Moor Mother.

August 2, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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Invoking Rammellzee’s Time Stoppers temporal displacement device, this is a ritual causality performance when memories will be re-encoded with new temporal information, and where Black Quantum Futurism will explore the equations of time that emerge from timeless degrees of freedom by entangling moving images with live sound experimentation and spoken text spellcasting.

Photo Credit: D1L0 DeMille

20180802 20180802 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
RSVP

Invoking Rammellzee’s Time Stoppers temporal displacement device, this is a ritual causality performance when memories will be re-encoded with new temporal information, and where Black Quantum Futurism will explore the equations of time that emerge from timeless degrees of freedom by entangling moving images with live sound experimentation and spoken text spellcasting.

Photo Credit: D1L0 DeMille

Slideshow: ALPHA’S BET with Steffani Jemison

August 16, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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In 2010, artists Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus organized “Book Club,” a literary workshop inspired by W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races to Ebony” at Project Row Houses in Houston. The focus of the think-tank explored African-American aesthetics and literary theory. A year later, the duo continued their investigation into the power of language and knowledge distribution, and organized “Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet,” a traveling, collaborative exhibition program constructed as a reading room and discussion space. It featured a newsstand of reproduced independent Black periodicals issued between 1902-1940.

The project was inspired by the title of Rammellzee’s film script from 2000, entitled “Alpha’s Bet”, in which Jemison and Cyrus employ Rammellzee’s literary theories of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism, arguing that “language is not a passive vessel or known quantity, but rather possesses the potential to reimagine structures of power.” In Jemison’s slideshow, she will speak about language, literacy, and drawing, implicating the Confessions of Nat Turner, the Supreme Alphabet, presidential doodles, and street fiction within a long narrative of privacy, opacity, and resistance.

20180816 20180816 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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In 2010, artists Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus organized “Book Club,” a literary workshop inspired by W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races to Ebony” at Project Row Houses in Houston. The focus of the think-tank explored African-American aesthetics and literary theory. A year later, the duo continued their investigation into the power of language and knowledge distribution, and organized “Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet,” a traveling, collaborative exhibition program constructed as a reading room and discussion space. It featured a newsstand of reproduced independent Black periodicals issued between 1902-1940.

The project was inspired by the title of Rammellzee’s film script from 2000, entitled “Alpha’s Bet”, in which Jemison and Cyrus employ Rammellzee’s literary theories of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism, arguing that “language is not a passive vessel or known quantity, but rather possesses the potential to reimagine structures of power.” In Jemison’s slideshow, she will speak about language, literacy, and drawing, implicating the Confessions of Nat Turner, the Supreme Alphabet, presidential doodles, and street fiction within a long narrative of privacy, opacity, and resistance.

ALPHA’S BET with Steffani Jemison

Summer School – Arts Education Programming

August 17, 2018Abrons Playhouse Theatre
RSVP (free and open to the public)

This summer, Red Bull Arts New York partnered with the educational department of the Abrons Arts Center to co-design a student program with a series of artist-led workshops in response to RAMM:ELL:ZEE: Racing for Thunder (on view through August 26).

Over the course of six weeks—inspired by Rammellzee’s unique brand of performance art and ornate costumery—a group of students, under the tutelage of visiting artists, designed personalized Tyvek suits and masks, created musical tracks, and developed singular performances featuring their own interpretive break-dancing and choreography. Visiting artists included Kool Koor, Tau Lewis, and Standing on the Corner’s Gio Escobar.

On Friday, August 17, a selection of students will showcase the culmination of their six-week arts education program at the Abrons Playhouse Theater. The event also features the screening of the iconic documentary Style Wars (1983), a film chronicling the birth of hip hop culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Film screening of Style Wars (1983, run time 69 min, dir. by Tony Silver, prod. by Henry Chalfant); with a special intermission of the student performance, GLOWING CREATION: A Rammellzee-inspired Opera, at Abrons Arts Center.

Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

July 10-August 14, (closed workshops)

July 10, Introduction to Rammellzee, with Kool Koor.
July 17, Costume-making I, with Tau Lewis.
July 24, Costume-making II, with Tau Lewis.
July 31, Music and beat-making I with Gio Escobar.
August 7, Music and beat-making II with Gio Escobar.
August 14, Movement & Dance with Abrons Arts Center’s dance instructor, Zach Cruz.

The program between Abrons Arts Center and Red Bull Arts New York brings together young minds with today’s contemporary artists in an effort to create fresh conversations around creative expression, and provide new avenues for arts education.

 

20180817 20180817 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Abrons Playhouse Theatre
RSVP (free and open to the public)

This summer, Red Bull Arts New York partnered with the educational department of the Abrons Arts Center to co-design a student program with a series of artist-led workshops in response to RAMM:ELL:ZEE: Racing for Thunder (on view through August 26).

Over the course of six weeks—inspired by Rammellzee’s unique brand of performance art and ornate costumery—a group of students, under the tutelage of visiting artists, designed personalized Tyvek suits and masks, created musical tracks, and developed singular performances featuring their own interpretive break-dancing and choreography. Visiting artists included Kool Koor, Tau Lewis, and Standing on the Corner’s Gio Escobar.

On Friday, August 17, a selection of students will showcase the culmination of their six-week arts education program at the Abrons Playhouse Theater. The event also features the screening of the iconic documentary Style Wars (1983), a film chronicling the birth of hip hop culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Film screening of Style Wars (1983, run time 69 min, dir. by Tony Silver, prod. by Henry Chalfant); with a special intermission of the student performance, GLOWING CREATION: A Rammellzee-inspired Opera, at Abrons Arts Center.

Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

July 10-August 14, (closed workshops)

July 10, Introduction to Rammellzee, with Kool Koor.
July 17, Costume-making I, with Tau Lewis.
July 24, Costume-making II, with Tau Lewis.
July 31, Music and beat-making I with Gio Escobar.
August 7, Music and beat-making II with Gio Escobar.
August 14, Movement & Dance with Abrons Arts Center’s dance instructor, Zach Cruz.

The program between Abrons Arts Center and Red Bull Arts New York brings together young minds with today’s contemporary artists in an effort to create fresh conversations around creative expression, and provide new avenues for arts education.

 

Arts Education Programing Red Bull Arts New York

Slideshow: THE RAMM RIFF: CONSTRUCTING FUTURE FORMS, with D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem

August 23, 2018 — Thursday, 6pm
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The Ramm Riff is a layered experimental composition, part manifesto, part oriki praise song/citation poetry, a call-and-response with The Rammellzee’s Garbage Gods. Led by Black Light Primal Nun “A” through hallowed virtual halls of Gothic Futurism and Afrofuturity, this audience-interactive lecture-performance weaves through space and time to illuminate histories of African-centered masquerade and mythologies; rituals of the body in clay, hair, soil; assemblage and costuming the cosmic android in the detritus of consumer culture; hauntology and becoming Spirit (in the) Machine; language and code systems as weaponized methodologies of decolonization; and the train as vessel of liberation.

Photo: D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem as Black Light Primal Nun “A” for The Ramm Riff, 2018. Photo credit: Tonika Johnson.

20180823 20180823 America/New_York RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

Thursday, 6pm
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The Ramm Riff is a layered experimental composition, part manifesto, part oriki praise song/citation poetry, a call-and-response with The Rammellzee’s Garbage Gods. Led by Black Light Primal Nun “A” through hallowed virtual halls of Gothic Futurism and Afrofuturity, this audience-interactive lecture-performance weaves through space and time to illuminate histories of African-centered masquerade and mythologies; rituals of the body in clay, hair, soil; assemblage and costuming the cosmic android in the detritus of consumer culture; hauntology and becoming Spirit (in the) Machine; language and code systems as weaponized methodologies of decolonization; and the train as vessel of liberation.

Photo: D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem as Black Light Primal Nun “A” for The Ramm Riff, 2018. Photo credit: Tonika Johnson.