On the occasion of Saison Africa2020 in France, the Musée Quai Branly will host The September Summit, a three-day online seminar of lectures, roundtables, and live music sessions. The summit is an occasion for leading artists and scholars to come together in dialogues that contribute to Black Studies in critical thought, architecture and in art.
Originally imagined in Saint Louis, Senegal, the summit shares a former future with The Institute of Black Studies, a necessary if imaginary framework for Saison Africa2020 that allows us to rethink Africanity through Blackness as “strategic abstraction” (Margo Natalie Crawford), a “concatenation of symbols and narratives” (Achille Mbembe), and a “particular embraced affinity of veering” (Fred Moten).
The program features lectures Frieda Ekotto, Achille Mbembe, and Maboula Soumahoro; a roundtable on abstraction within African and Black diaspora art Darby English, Kodwo Eshun, Julie Mehretu, Nontobeko Ntombela, and Nolan Oswald Dennis; a roundtable on Black urban practices and spatial imaginaries with Emanuel Admassu, Ola Hassanain, Ola Uduku, and Sumayya Vally; DJ sets by Christelle Oyiri (aka Crystallmess) and Bamao Yendé, in collaboration with Rinse France; and a listening session by Chimurenga.
The September Summit is taking place from February 26-28, 2021 and hosted on Zoom/Youtube by the Musée Quai Branly in Paris. This summit is convened by Sarah Rifky and Edwin Nasr, and serves as a heuristic platform for the Saison Africa2020, directed by N’Goné Fall, and the Musée Quai Branly.
The Saison Africa2020 is an allegory of the cultural, spiritual, commercial, technological and political networks that have linked the nations of the African continent throughout history. It is also a platform for sharing questions about the state of contemporary societies which, beyond Africa, are in resonance with France and the rest of the world.
Welcoming world by Emmanuel Kasarhérou, President of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and N'Goné Fall, General Commissioner of the Africa2020 Season
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
/ 6 PM- 7.30 PM: INAUGURAL LECTURE
The Becoming Black of the World
In his lectureMbembe argues that all of subaltern humanity—increasingly surveilled and objectified—has become Black in ways that challenge the very divisions on which universal equality was built. Taking Europe’s displacement from the center of the world and the universalization of the Black condition as a point of departure, Mbembe will engage in a critical reevaluation of history, racism, and the future of humanity, reflecting on the ongoing censorship of decolonial and Black studies in Europe today.
Online lecture: https://youtu.be/yue90dtaIy4
/ 8 PM – 9 M: DJ Set
Bamao Yendé in collaboration with Rinse France
There’s no doubt switched-on night owls are already aware of Bamao Yendé’s work alongside his Boukan Records team: they’ve promoted atmospheres in Paris which were previously marginalized in the capital, between Garage House, Peckham broken beat, Kuduro, Highlife and Batida from the four corners of Africa via Lisbon and ebullient house tuned to the global sound-system. The young producer-curator from Cergy is implicitly driven by one and only intention: to break down the barriers that exist in nightlife by cueing up bangers released on his label and destroying dancefloors by playing some of the warmest (black) music produced these last decades. Graduating from the most underground clubs to mainstream festivals in a few months, constantly working on his next EPs, there’s no doubt his mission will be highly successful.
Online DJ set: https://youtu.be/Ai3PrRdljmg
saturday, february 27th
/ 4 PM - 5.30 PM: LECTURE
Speaking Black in French
Drawing from autobiographical nodes as well as academic methodologies, Soumahoro argues for the urgency of thinking through Blackness in France—and in French—as a means to exposing structures of exclusion in the public sphere and forms of institutionalized racism targeting Black and Afro-diasporic communities. Her lecture originates from her observations on race, racism, blackness, and identity within France and its overseas colonial territories.
Online lecture: https://youtu.be/8R0xgALLHhc
/ 6 PM-7.30 PM : roundtable
Blackness and the Aesthetics of Abstraction
With Julie Mehretu, Nolan Dennis Oswald, Nontobeko Ntombela, Darby English, and a response by Kodwo Eshun, moderated by Edwin Nasr
This roundtable will invite participants — art historians, artists, and curators — to reflect on their respective modes of engagement with the historical legacies and contemporary potentialities of abstraction within African and Black diasporic art practices and cultural production.
Online roundtable: https://youtu.be/psdL_eVYZkQ
/ 8 PM – 9 M: DJ Set
Christelle Oyiri (aka Crystallmess) in collaboration with Rinse France
Crystallmess (birth name Christelle Oyiri), is a French born Ivorian/Guadeloupean producer, DJ, writer and artist based in Paris. Her teeming production immediately stands out, yet oscillates freely between melodic techno, afro-trance and abrasive dancehall. Her stunning debut EP, MERE NOISES, has graced the CDJ’s of Bill Kouligas, Kode9 and Bonaventure among others, and has more exciting releases to announce soon. Alumnus of Creative Europe’s SHAPE platform for innovative music and art and NTS WIP 2019 as well as NTS Radio resident, Crystallmess approach to production, DJing and performance bridges radical energy and fantasmatic afrofuturism. Her polyrhythmic and eclectic DJ style gives an uncompromising, globalized and diasporic definition to techno and club music in general and has seduced world’s finest clubs including De School, Saule/Berghain, Corsica Studios, Concrete, sharing key slots with Helena Hauff or Lotic and created sound designs for fashion houses such as Kenzo or Paco Rabanne. Her devotion to club music and multifaceted nature makes Crystallmess an unstoppable force to reckon with.
Online DJ set: https://youtu.be/gV0iYVYdoVA
sunday, february 28th
/ 4 PM - 5.30 PM: LECTURE
Aimé Césaire in the Era of Black Lives Matter
This lecture by scholar Frieda Ekotto reads Aimé Césaire’s work as a continuation of the struggle for the dignity of Black people around the world. As a Francophone philosopher and poet, Césaire is a member of an important global lineage of Black intellectuals. Together with James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, and Claudia Rankin, Césaire’s work offers the historical background needed to understand Black lives in the second decade of the 20th century, and particularly the Black Lives Matter Movement. These thinkers first articulated enduring questions about the Black condition in the world and established why there will not be peace as long as Black lives continue to be crushed and their dignity ignored
Online lecture: https://youtu.be/3CxslhbYQfE
/ 6 PM-7.30 PM : roundtable
Imagining Infrastructures for Black Architecture
With Sumayya Vally, Emanuel Admassu, Ola Uduku, Ola Hassanain, moderated by Sarah Rifky
This roundtable will invite participants — architects, urban practitioners, and architecture scholars and researchers — to reflect on how Black urban practices emerge as strategies of resistance that disrupt the spatial legacies of colonial power in Africa, and how they create spaces of radical imagination within and against anti-Black environments.
Online roundtable: https://youtu.be/Q2vIf03ihIM
/ 8 PM - 9.30 PM: Listening session
Chimurenga - FESTAC ’77
Chimurenga is a pan-African platform of writing, art and politics founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002. Drawing together myriad voices from across Africa and the diaspora, Chimurenga takes many forms operating as an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans. Outputs include a journal of culture, art and politics of the same name (Chimurenga Magazine); a quarterly broadsheet called The Chronic; the Chimurenga Library – an ongoing invention into knowledge production and the archive that seeks to re-imagine the library; the African Cities Reader – a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style; and the Pan African Space Station (PASS) – an online radio station and pop-up studio.
Online listening session: https://youtu.be/YhBGpBIsgKA
Gratuit (événement en ligne)
- Place: En ligne
The Friday 26 February 2021 from 18:00 to 19:30
The Friday 26 February 2021 from 20:00 to 21:00
The Saturday 27 February 2021 from 16:00 to 17:30
The Saturday 27 February 2021 from 18:00 to 19:30
The Saturday 27 February 2021 from 20:00 to 21:00
The Sunday 28 February 2021 from 16:00 to 17:30
The Sunday 28 February 2021 from 18:00 to 01:09
The Sunday 28 February 2021 from 20:00 to 21:30
- Handicap auditif (sans T),
- Handicap auditif bim (T),
- Handicap moteur
- Public: Auditory disability, Auditory disability (with hearing induction loop), Motor disability, All publics
- Categorie : Festivals and events