MAP Fund Awards Invincible, Wesley Taylor, and Waajeed 2012 Grant for 'Complex Movements' in partnership with Allied Media Projects

Thank you to The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for including the Allied Media Projects as part of their 2012 grantees. The Fund will underwrite 41 new projects in the disciplines of dance, theater and music, all works that in some way explore the boundaries of contemporary performance practices.

More about what the grant will support: 

Complex Movements is an interactive hip-hop performance that will use video projection, sculptural art, and creative technologies to explore the relationship between complex sciences and social-justice movements. Complex Movements is led by Invincible, an acclaimed hip-hop artist, features music production by Waajeed, and includes a sculptural-multimedia installation designed and created by Wesley Taylor.

At the core of complex science is the idea that change occurs through critical connections rather than critical mass. Hip-hop is a creative medium well suited to tell the story of complex science: it evolves non-linearly through small-scale relationships—through the interplay of lyrical meaning and sound within songs, the process of reconstructing rhythmic patterns through sampling, and the transmission of resilience strategies between marginalized communities around the globe.

Invincible and Waajeed's music will communicate these concepts through dense, mind-bending lyricism and futuristic hip-hop musical arrangements. Wesley Taylor’s installation work will set the stage for the performance, representing each song through sculptural and video elements that interact with performers and the audience, creating feedback loops of participation.