We Have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal
Performances by Pungwe
“We Have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal – Of, towards, on, for Julius Eastman” deliberates around concepts beyond the Western notions of the tonal and harmonic through an exhibition, performances, concerts and a symposium. The project looks at how Afro-American composer, musician and performer Julius Eastman and his eclectic artistic practices manifest within cultural, political and spiritual realms during his lifetime until today.
By commissioning new artistic works and texts, as well as engaging with oral history and theoretical discourse, the intention is to reflect and re-engage with the legacy of Eastman’s work together with musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivists. Exploring a non-linear genealogy of Eastman’s minimalist practice, the project situates his work within a broader field of relations of musical epistemologies and practices. The aim is to read Eastman’s work not only within its musical sensitivity, structure, and texture, but also to consider Eastman as a political being.
With works by Hassan Khan, Annika Khars, Pungwe Nights (Robert Machiri & Memory Biwa), The Otolith Group, Barthélémy Toguo and others
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung artistic director / curator
Antonia Alampi co-curator
Kelly Krugmann curator assistance
Lema Sikod project management
Gwen Mitchell project assistance
Kamila Metwaly & Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock research curators
Anna Jäger press & communication