Black Visual Intonation Workshop with Nnenna Onuoha

The exhibition AFTERLIVES by Nnenna Onuoha shows four of her recent video works centering Afrodiasporic voices in processes such as collective re-membering, archiving of Black experience and (self-)care, Onuoha approaches histories of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. By carefully and repeatedly applying these methods, the artist generates histories of the past that can be shared collectively and thus may work as a means to repair.

Workshop: Black Visual Intonation
with Melody Howse
2023 01 25 | 18.00 – 20.00

Joy (is Dance)

This is a sound and image piece that meditates on the anti-gravitational capacities of dance as ‘Refusal.’ It considers movement a language and practice that is metamorphic. Made with footage from the Berlin BLM demo 2021 and a soundscape created from demo speeches and sounds from across the African diaspora. It continues my visual and sonic work which attends to Arthur Jafa’s ‘Black Visual Intonation’ as a arrhythmic sonic and visual expression of Black life.

Currently being screened as part of the W Xool Festival

Talk: Black Ways of knowing and being

8th November 2022

Univesität Luzern, Invitation by Faduma Abukar Mursal

What could we know differently if we understood sweat as vocabulary, sound as empowerment and voice as archive? These are the questions I consider in this work which focuses on Black embodied experience in Berlin which I explore through a Black feminist lens. I take this approach to make visible the ways in which the sensory and embodied dimensions of experience can be read as more than sensation. Here I argue that they are an embodied grammar which if we learn to read can tell us something of ourselves as well as something of the society and the moment in which we live.

‘Black ways of knowing and being’ are essential to my understanding of racialized experience therefore I weave quotidian experiences of racism and racial othering with practices of joy, healing and space making or what Katherine Mckittrick has called “Black livingness” (2020).

‘pose fatigue’ with Anike Joyce Sadiq, Laurie Young & Leo

Together with Anike Joyce Sadiq, Laurie Young & Leo a public moment was staged putting the sculptures, sound and video works of Anike, into conversation with Laurie’s dance practice and Leo’s sound practice. Using text from my piece ‘expansive sounds’ we created a ‘call and response’ to activate and extend the notion of ‘tremble’ and the resonance of ‘vibration.’

The Expansive Sounds of BLM.

Talk presented at the University Bayreuth Anthropology Lecture Series (June 2022) Organised by Prof. Katharina Schramm & Dr. Nasima Selim.

This talk brings together a multi-modal approach to ethnographic inquiry through exploring sonic encounters at the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Berlin. In doing so it reveals how sound functions at the demo and how these functions have wider repercussions, extending beyond the spatial limits of the demo challenging both State and society.  

BLack Reminist Remix Lab

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.

Playlist from the workshop

Resource Folder

Round table discussion

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

Interview with Archive Valley

Cinema Production

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.

Television Production

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.