This is a sound and Image piece which meditates on the anti-gravitational capacities of ‘Refusal’ and considers movement a language and a practice that is metamorphic. It is made with footage from the Berlin BLM demo 2020 and sounds from the demo and across the African diaspora. It continues my work in this arena bringing together my visual and sonic art with my writing and considers Arthur Jafa’s ‘Black Visual Intonation’ as a arrhythmic sonic and visual expression of Black life.
Talk presented at the University Bayreuth Anthropology Lecture Series (June 2022) Organised by Prof. Katharina Schramm & Dr. Nasima Selim.
Workshop: Breath & Ambivalence
With: Melody Makeda Ledwon
In this workshop we explored how breath is a resource and a Black feminist practice which is at once archival as it is restorative. Via different mediums and methods we discussed how to make the long breath, in not just our activism but our lives. This workshop was on the invitation of Francesca Sobande & Akwugo Emejulu.
10. December 2021
I will be joining Prof. Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Prof. Leah Bassel (University of Roehampton) and Fania Noel for a round table discussion on the ‘Women of colour resist report‘ a six-nation comparative research project exploring how women of colour activists organise and mobilise against austerity, against the far right and for migrants’ rights in Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Methodologies of care: Undisciplining and methodologies of care: Rethinking the politics of knowledge in postcolonial landscapes – A Workshop organized by Katharina Schramm (Bayreuth), Memory Biwa (Windhoek) and Eleanor Schaumann (Bayreuth) at the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth, July 8-11, 2021
Paper: Remembering Violence: Reading Refusal as a methodology of care.
3rd Political Imagination Laboratory – “What [Not] can be Said: Fieldwork as Witnessing? 6 – 7 December 2019. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA DIPARTIMENTO DI FILOSOFIA, SCIENZE SOCIALI, UMANE E DELLA FORMAZIONE,
Paper: Crossing over – From witness to activist
Anticolonial Month Berlin
Panel: Fighting to Survive: Black and Indigenous Liberation Struggles Against State Violence
Featuring: Melody H., Gabriel Silva & Edna Bonhomme.
Voicing Experience’ the 4th British Conference of Auto ethnography, Sussex University – June 2017
Paper: Up All Night
German Anthropological Association
Paper: The Edge of a Feeling
Selected Archive Work
Film: Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Dir.Heperi Mita
Yari Or. Documentary: Verdict // Perfect Shot Films GmbH // Prod. Michael Bogár, Daniel Sivan, Dir. *Julia Eksner. (2016)
Acme Films, UK – Notting Hill Carnival – 2014
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Associate Producer
2009 – Associate Producer: Exit Through The Gift Shop
Paranoid Pictures Director: Banksy / Producer: Jaimie D’Cruz
Academy Award ‘Oscar’ nominated, multi award winning debut feature Documentary Film by the artist Banksy.
2011 – Producer – The Antics Roadshow – Acme Films Directors: Jaimie D’Cruz & Banksy
Part of the Summer Hijack on Channel 4. (1 x 60″) Film on the beauty of anarchy and self- expression.
2010 – Producer/ Director: Planning Outlaws – Channel4/Keo Film (1 x 30” Grierson award nominated documentary for ‘Channel 4 First Cut season’ about how people use and abuse the local planning system.)
2009 – Producer: The Hospital; Diabetes – North One Television (1 x 60’ Documentary as part of a landmark series of five films about the changing health landscape of modern Britain.)
2008 – Story Producer – Kerry Katona: Crazy In Love – MTV/ North One TV (13 x 30” Fly on the wall/ Observational/Reality series about Kerry Katona and her public and private life behind the headlines.)
2007 – Gallery Producer – Britain’s Deadly Addictions – Channel 4 Education/ Firefly Productions (4 x 60” Mixed live format, Education program following 3 people as they undergo treatment to help battle addiction.)
2006 – Assistant Producer – Burlesque Me Beautiful – BBC 3/ZKK (1 x 60´ Observational documentary, with some format elements about a group of women learning to be body positive through dance.)
2006 – Assistant Producer – The River Cottage Treatment – Channel 4/ Keo Films (3 x 60″ presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Mixed format documentary series taking an innovative approach to changing people’s eating habits and convincing them to go organic.)
2006 – Assistant Producer – How To Improve Your Memory – BBC One/ BBC Science
1 x 90’’ Presented by Professor Robert Winston. A scientific exploration on how our memories work, using a mixture of live studio and observational documentary case studies following the progress of people trying to improve their memories.
2005 – Assistant Producer – Going Cold Turkey – Channel 4/ Firefly Productions
10 x 30” presenter led mixed documentary and live format series for ‘Addiction Week’. Presented by Dr John Marsden and Krishnan Guru-Murty
2005 – Assistant Producer – 16 For A Day – Channel 4/ Raw Television
1 x90” Observational documentary on Teenage Britain, seen through the eyes of 8 teenagers all turning 16 on the same day.
2005 – Researcher – Who Gets The Heart – Channel 4/ Hart Davies Productions
2 x 50” Sensitive story led observational documentary about people waiting for a heart transplant.
2004 – Researcher – Vic Reeves Rogues Gallery – Discovery/ Oxford Film and TV
10 x 30” Presenter led history drama documentary series for Discovery, on 18th century rogues.
Forthcoming article for the Boas blog on the role of sound in the Black diaspora. Focusing on sonic expansion and liberation during the Black Lives Matter demo’s in Berlin between 2018 – 2021.
Link to blog
Between 2017 and 2019….
Developed for the Masters program in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Interrogating key concepts in the fields of Post-Colonial theory, Critical Race and representation in relation to anthropology.