Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Gravitational Feel

Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Gravitational Feel. Sculpture and performance, 27 September 2016, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Splendor, Amsterdam

Photo: Florian Braakman, courtesy: the artists

Artist Talk

Wu Tsang & Fred Moten

Part of the exhibition Wu Tsang: There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody

Collaborating with the poet and theorist Fred Moten has influenced Wu Tsang’s work since 2013. In their conversation on the occasion of the exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody at the Gropius Bau they discuss collaborative artistic processes and shared points of reference.

  • In English

For Wu Tsang collaboration is a strategy for undoing conventional authorship. The title of her exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody comes from the text Sudden Rise at a Given Tune (since 2017), which was collaboratively written by and with Fred Moten. The text echoes throughout many works on display; excerpts appear on the sculpture Sustained Glass (2019) and in the sound piece Sudden Rise, Dub 1 (2019).

Fred Moten (*1962, US) is a poet and cultural theorist whose areas of study and practice include Black Studies and Performance Studies. Among his most well-known works is The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, which he co-authored with Stefano Harney in 2013.

Wu Tsang (*1982, US) was the first artist to be the Gropius Bau’s In House: Artist in Residence. Between 4 September 2019 and 12 January 2020 her exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody will be on display on the first floor.