We asked y’all which creators inspire you these days, and one response we got was, Sabina England- an awesome poet and videographer who just so happens to be deaf, desi, muslim, and a rad woman aka deaf brown girl. Here’s what contributor Mohini Hewa has to say about her work:
When emotion goes beyond words and explode through imagery, when the beautiful but terrifying experience of life is expressed through a gaze, through gestures, a smile or a frown. When languages cross borders and sit in a circle, all together, sharing a moment and uniting under the same name.
It is the whisper of the wind, the sunbeam that caresses your cheek and bring you back to a time of innocence and naive learning, the name that comes to my mind is Sabina. The gracious dance of purity emanating from my screen and tenderly hugging me.
It is visual poetry for the senses.
- Mohini Hewa
P.S. Not only were geeked to see that she was performing alongside Aparna Nancherla for Be(com)ing Desi party for the Smithsonian by Subcontinental Drift earlier this year, but Sabina’s latest video, deaf brown girl features sound design by our own Bay Area artist, Micropixie!
#INTERRUPTNYFW - Fashion & Jewelry by Natalie Ebaugh
We love nothing more than meeting awesome creators in our own town, and it all starts from something as little as complimenting a girl’s necklace at a bar and finding out her friend, Natalie Ebaugh, created and named the whole jewelry line after her Armenian grandmother, Siranoush. Taking on shapes we may expect to see in all metal from back in the day, we loved the balance of Natalie’s *hand sculpted and sanded* beads with the colorful string. For the love of neon, I had to internet-stalk. Turns out Natalie also created this AMAZING fashion line, Tude Krew, that uses her favorite pop music trends from the 80s and 90s as a jump point to explore pattern, quilting, and found fabrics. Overall, we’re totally impressed with the way these pieces are a fun pop take on some classic silhouettes and shapes. So happy to know about this one!
Peep the sites, hit her up, hit us up, happy #tbt, and #interruptnyfw!
Real Time Facial Projection Mapping. Artist Nobumichi Asai uses a human cgi mapping model. Imagine a world of sims or defying facial recognition tools. What can a few markers tell us about a face? SCI FI REALITY FTW. In the meantime, I’d love to see what boychild would come up with using such technology in a performance.
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics” – in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces.
Never feel lame to “be a nerd.” That’s one thing I’d definitely tell my younger self.
What does it mean to protect? It’s week 3 ofMAS#ALLAH residency, and we’re using Konversation to explore the scope of protection in a world where survival doesn’t mean safety, and lack of physical violence doesn’t mean lack of trauma or inequality. Pieces range from an individual level (living as a second gen Middle Eastern in American) to an international development level (stuctural violence and policies surrounding Palestine).
I’ve found what keeps coming up in the studio is the idea of protection- whether its the evil eye, veil, or prayer. I’m constantly grappling with the guarded and exposed parts of my experience- it’s quite emotional and vulnerable to document the scenarios in my head that reformulate my past into my current understanding of my identity. Protection is key to survive in the diaspora, whether its ethnic neighborhoods or thick guards to prevent people’s lack of understanding from penetrating you. Although protection can also be a luxury.
As such, protection for Palestine goes beyond ceasefire. Our Konversation lays out some basic inequalities leaving Palestinians at risk (housing/water/transit etc.) in hopes of bridging the bounds of safety and human rights.
Calling on all tumblrs, bloggers, friends and fans! We’re raising money for Hawa’s residency at an Oakland gallery surveying and mediating contemporary Middle Eastern identity, art practice, thinking, and stories. Check out her Indiegogo for more information, the tumblr to ~submit your work~ to be included in the final show July 31st, and the event page if you want to attend open studios or closing parties.
“Mashallah,” an Arabic phrase of praise and protection, is the departure for photographer and writer, Hawa’s, journey for her July residency at B4BEL4ND Gallery in Oakland. She hopes to create a space from the collective imagination of Middle Eastern artists, thinkers, storytellers, and creators of all sorts. This platform will showcase original submissions of art, writing, photography, design, and personal essays from all over the world. Culminating in an underground party with DJs and live acts, we will celebrate this platform on screen alongside physical pieces at the gallery. This project was born out of a desire to gather and amplify the voices of the Middle Eastern diaspora, to challenge the depiction of Middle Eastern people in media post-911, and the commodification of Middle Eastern culture (script, veil, adornment).”
Brown bae d. marki aka ghostcafe isn’t just a great analytical writer (she wrote that bomb selfie article for us), she also writes magical prose, effortlessly referencing the most *creative* visual/sensual cues to make you ~see~/~feel~ what she means through metaphor.
For our latest konversation installation titled Shadow, we worked with d. marki whose experimental prose describes her experience as a child of immigrants inhabiting an in between space. In our Americanness, we are constantly haunted by shadows of a motherland we never had, and the home we are also never fully a part of. Excerpt below:
Nestled between the borders of two negligent worlds is an an unmapped valley, populated only by shadows
"Who am I?"
"Where do I belong?"
"Who are my ancestors?"
More smoke than sound, the words barely echo in the depths of the valley. I’m still begging for the answers to these questions. I can’t do much else but haunt these shadowy fields, each step crushing the star bright white flowers of forgetfulness and trampling the dainty rosey berries of hatefulness…
Filmmaker & bastani bae Lara Sarkissian talks to us about the making behind her latest video for Issue which is devoted to tea:
Tea is a theme in most of Issue’s lyrics, not as a metaphor, but for the literal goodness of chai. “I try to think of tea as wisdom,” Issue explains in his Noisey interview, - it’s true though!! From Asia, Africa to the Middle East and Caucasus regions, tea has historically been used as alternative medicine, meditation, ceremonies, and social spaces such as teahouses. As someone who immediately associates tea to my Iranian-Armenian family’s gatherings, chai rituals, and nana’s homemade remedies, I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT TEA…
ALBUM REVIEW: Junglepussy released “Satisfaction Guaranteed” last week and we impressed
Junglepussy flows so hard, can switch it up all kinds of styles, and uses that gift in way that supports black power, girls empowerment and sexuality, self-love and health. Our boy Rishy has been onto her music for a minute so here’s an excerpt of his thought out review to let y’all know *JUST HOW DOPE* she is to us:
Junglepussy, twitter name Black Power, is hella vocal about black cultural politics and the commodification of blackness (often in white packaging) that has become endemic to the music industry. Some run from a name like Junglepussy, a name Shayna chose to encapsulate her love of animal prints and womanhood. Read together, the name recalls a racial fetish of exotic ethnic female sexual availability resulting in people literally tweeting her thinking she’s a “tranny or pornstar”, but she claps all the way bank on that stereotype with humor and finesse. She lays it down for dudes that she’s outta their league what it do #boop and if she has sex its for her benefit and she comes first. Junglepussy is here to s(t/l)ay. Sexuality is her reign and her agency is avowed a priori (that ding-a-ling was just a fling, bitch). To me that is mad empowering, to take this loaded ass name that scares off or “turns on” some audiences with it’s charged assumptions about women’s sexuality and then produce music that is full of confidence, ownership of one’s sexuality, and lyrical chops - PROPS…