The Bay Area's SF Guardian recently sat down with Emergence's Invincible, Bay-native Chinaka Hodge, and Oakland-based Tru Bloo in preparation for a groundbreaking concert series at La Peña in Berkeley, CA called Hip-Hop Beyond Gender.
The series features monthly installments of live music and poetry to better represent the intersection of gender and hip-hop. In the article, SFBG inquired about the experiences and thoughts about representation in hip-hop.
Emergence Media is proud to announce Complex Movements as part of the 2013 Performing Arts Grantees for Creative Capital. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed and hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, with creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia. Their multimedia performance installations, hand crafted songs and trans-genre experiments explore the relationship between complex science and social justice movements.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Their pioneering approach – inspired by venture-capital principles – helps artists in all creative disciplines to realize their visions and build sustainable practices.
The Performing Arts category included work in dance, music theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art, puppetry and interdisciplinary projects. Beginning in March 2012, over 1,200 submissions were made. During the eight-month, three-phase review process, 301 of the submissions advanced to the application phase, of which 105 were chosen for the final panel round. Twenty-three Performing Arts projects by artists based in 10 different communities throughout the U.S. were then selected for funding and announced in January 2013.
Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial and advisory support to 418 projects representing 529 artists, and has reached an additional 5,500 artists through its Professional Development Program.
Creative Capital was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal, highlighting the 2013 grantees and offering insights toward their approach on working with artists.
“No one was testing those ideas out in the arts arena,” said Ruby Lerner, executive director of the organization, which rejected the standard nonprofit model of “here's a check, send us a report.” Instead, there's a longer-term commitment, for up to five years, and an emphasis, she said, on “what will make someone stronger when they leave us than when they came in.”
For a complete list of the 2013 Grantees, click here.
To learn more about Complex Movements, click here.
Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is pleased to announce Complex Movements as a recipient of the pilot round of NET Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) Seed Grants for 2012. The purpose of the NET/TEN program is to share techniques, inspiration, expertise, and performance among ensembles in the United States. This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the NET/TEN grant, is supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
For this grant, Invincible will visit Micha Cardenas and Patrisse Cullors, Los Angeles-based artists working on projects exploring community autonomy, violence, and mass incarceration. Cardenas and Cullors will also travel to Detroit to observe Invincible in the rehearsal room for Complex Movements. Both visits will include community learning circles and conversations over home-cooked meals.
Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed and hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, with creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia. Their multimedia performance installations, hand crafted songs and trans-genre experiments explore the relationship between complex science and social justice movements.
A national coalition of ensembles created by and for artists, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. NET links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and knowledge building and dissemination.
NET is committed to the advancement of the ensemble form and strives to bring about change in the world beyond ourselves through the transformative power of collaborative theater. NET supports bold artistic and civic experiments and aim to heighten the impact and excellence of ensemble theater.
At the end of 2012, Invincible had the unique privilege to join Jasiri X, Paradise Gray (of X Clan), Amy Juan, Shining Soul, Dirty Verbs and others in Tucson, Arizona to explore the community resistance efforts to migrant injustice and learn about the history of the region. One component of the trip was for all the artists to cypher at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In this clip, watch as Voice of Art follows renown visual artist Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Shock, and Sound Strike to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, Arizona. In this segment of the series, you'll meet local human rights lawyer Isabel Garcia, activist Roberto Lovato, and the pro-migrant music and art celebration at Skrappy's in Tucson.