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Pace Live, New York

Torkwase Dyson

I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts

Past
Nov 19–Dec 10, 2019

Drawing on her theory of “black compositional thought,” Torkwase Dyson’s two-act performance and sculptural installation I Can Drink the Distance creates a platform through which contemporary artists, writers, and musicians can consider black spatial and ecological relations in our current times.

Dyson's presentation at Pace will take place across two distinct performative acts featuring Autumn Knight, Christina Sharpe, Dionne Brand, and Dark Adaptive on November 19, and Deja Smith, Arthur Jafa, and Gaika on November 22.

Exhibition Details

Torkwase Dyson
I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts
Nov 19 – Dec 10, 2019

Event Details

Act I: Way Over There Inside Me
Tuesday, Nov 19, 6 PM
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Act II: I See You Across That Water
Friday, Nov 22, 8 PM
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Gallery

Pace Live
540 West 25th Street
Seventh Floor
New York

A co-presentation by Pace Live and Performa

I think blackness will swallow the whole of terror to be free. It will move across distances, molecules, units—through architecture, atmospheres and concrete, in magic and bloodstreams to self-liberate. To image and imagine movements and geographies of freedom, known and unknown, is to regard this space as irreducible, or to regard black spatial movement as irreducible.

Torkwase Dyson, November 2019

Drawing on her theory of “black compositional thought,” Torkwase Dyson’s two-act performance and sculptural installation I Can Drink the Distance creates a platform through which contemporary artists, writers, and musicians can consider black spatial and ecological relations in our current times. For Dyson, one of the most pressing issues today is human-induced climate change, a defining phenomenon of the Anthropocene. For this project Dyson considers the Anthropocene's relationship to racism, plantation slavery, and the white supremacy that informed much of industrialization—a matrix of relations referred to as the Plantationocene. Staged over two evenings, Dyson’s highly spatial practice becomes a means through which to navigate shared environmental precarities; hauntology; architecture; unfixed geographies composed by black bodies; and properties of movement, narrative, scale and sound that can provide networks of liberation.

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Act I: Way Over There Inside Me

Tuesday, Nov 19, 6 PM
Featuring Autumn Knight, Christina Sharpe, Dionne Brand, and Dark Adaptive
Learn More & RSVP

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Act II: I See You Across That Water

Friday, Nov 22, 8 PM
Featuring Deja Smith, Arthur Jafa, and Gaika
Learn More & RSVP

Pace Live, New York — Torkwase Dyson, I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts, Nov 19–Dec 10, 2019