FUBU FUKÚ / SIMCITY
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 8 pm & Friday, July 17, 2020, 9 pm
at Traumabar und Kino, Berlin, DE
Peres Projects is pleased to announce the new Opera by Richard Kennedy, hosted by New Models & Traumabar und Kino, Berlin.
The second in a series of events that New Models is hosting at Berlin’s Trauma Bar und Kino, SimCity 2020 will consider the ways in which the world’s physical urban centers and internet “cities” of sorts—the clearnet metropolises and dark forest neighborhoods where we spend perhaps even more psychological time—interface now, in a time of public unrest and contagion. Featuring: a lecture-performance by Pierce Myers, Philip Maughan, and Bryan Wolff of Strelka’s Terraforming; and the premiere of Richard Kennedy’s new opera Fubu Fukú, 2020. Due to limited capacity, please reserve tickets (€10) in advance.
SIMCITY: FUBU FUKÚ
Digitally connecting through facts and fantasy in this virus year, we collapse time and geography to build new cities in our minds, private clubs and autonomous zones where we emancipate our bodies and psyches from the curses of history. This Thursday, RICHARD KENNEDY premiers their new opera FUBU FUKÚ, condensing the 579 years since the first Portuguese exploration of—and abduction of people from—Africa’s west coast into a 60 minute live journey. Joined by Miss Hollywood, Fernando Casablancas, PK Gyaba, and Peter Fonda, plus costumes by Florian Mathé, Kennedy stages a queer, black retelling of the colonial project from sugarcane to ketamine.
Richard Kennedy (b. 1985, Long Beach, California) is an artist, experiential composer, and librettist originally from Middletown Ohio and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Kennedy’s multi-disciplinary practice includes a focus on the disruption of traditions of Western Theatre, where the primary mode of engagement is through observation, in order to generate new, participatory modes of viewership. Kennedy works in painting, sculpture, installation, video and performance in order to examine notions of the Queer African American experience. They received their MFA from the Milton Avery Institute at Bard College. Kennedy is a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow and recently completed residencies at Open Forum Berlin and Mana Contemporary. Recent solo exhibitions include at Peres Projects, Berlin, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University. Kennedy has recently presented performance works at MoMA, The Shed, The Kitchen, The Studio Museum Harlem, BOFFO Performance Festival and Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
Photo by: Tianna Strickland
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