For this TNL!, Het Nieuwe Instituut teams up with OSCAM. Shaquille Joy (OSCAM) discusses the artwork BLKNWS together with Lee Stuart (brand director of Patta) and Justen LeRoy (creative director of BLKNWS). Among other topics, they talk about Black narratives, the role of music in representation, and working with and through the local community.
Het Nieuwe Instituut and OSCAM, the museological platform for art, fashion, design, craftmanship and development in Amsterdam, share a fascination for contemporary video culture. Currently on show at OSCAM is BLKNWS (Black news), the innovative project by Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. Currently on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut is the installation Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction, that follows the research project For the Record. With contributions from Emmanuel Adjei, Gabriel A Maher, Jason King, Momtaza Mehri and others, it investigates how contemporary video culture operates as a public space for consumerism, activism and emancipation.
With this Speak Session, we reflect on the importance of accessibility to art and culture, and show how it remains essential to discuss these topics. Made possible by Het Nieuwe Instituut, through the Visitors Program, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
BLKNWS (Black news), the innovative project by Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, currently on show at OSCAM, explores the medium of film as a powerful collective experience that can be manipulated through its essential visual and auditory components. By means of a dynamic montage of film clips from popular culture, archive material and filmed TV news clips, the staggering underdevelopment of the news medium format is exposed. Historical material is displayed alongside simple images from our daily reality. Seen through Kahlil Joseph’s lens, these images are permeated with an unusual perception of our contemporary society, which can be understood as the artist’s ethos, giving them a new life of meaning and reflection.
Set Stage Screen
Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction investigates how contemporary video culture operates as a public space for consumerism, activism and emancipation, by exposing existing realities and imagining alternatives. The installation looks at the technologies, spatial design and forms of representation in music video and live events, and is activated by live and recorded video and public programmes. In a parallel vein, earlier this year, the artist collective The Ummah Chroma (Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas, Kamasi Washington and Bradford Young) conceived a ritual space in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, inspired by their music film AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF.