Cinema - #PUNK


©️ Ian Douglas
08.05.2022, 13:30–14:30
A film by Ari Marcopoulos

Performance by nora chipaumire

Filmed and edited by Ari Marcopoulos, Jan 2018 at Abrons Arts Center for American Realness Festival.

“Punk”, a slang for a worthless person, became the name for a loud, fast moving form of rock music that was popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The punk cultural aesthetic includes a diverse array of ideologies (such as self-reliance, non-commercial art-making, non-complacency, destroying and re-purposing, etc.) expressed through fashion, visual art, dance, cinema and literature. The way the visual installation is recycled and transformed by the performers and audience reflects these ideologies.

In her iconic song, “Rock 'n' Roll Nigger”, Patti Smith declares “I haven't fucked much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future." Spurred by this daring proclamation, I declare myself to be an “African nigger” - the sort who fucks with the past, and fucks even harder with the present | future. Encouraged by the punk rejection of status quo, ethics and ethos, I am seduced by the possibility that there is no future, that the future is in the present. In #PUNK, I stage a raw concert inspired by indie music, americana and my formative years in Zimbabwe in the ‘70s and ‘80s. (Text and quote by nora chipaumire)

Performed by nora chipaumire | Shamar Watt | David Gagliardi (guitar)


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