Sènsa is a performance project developed by Paul Maheke and Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi). It draws on research into the sonic remainders of the Big Bang, echoes and resonances, rhythm and prediction, taking inspiration from the cosmologies of Bantu-Kongo and creation stories.
The sound-score, composed and performed live by music producer Nkisi, uses sounds generated by the interaction between Maheke’s body and the building as a primary material. Lighting designer Ariel Efraim Ashbel’s lights will operate as an autonomous performative agent informing the viewer’s experience.
Developed in association with Performa in New York and commissioned by Block Universe, Sènsa will premiere in London, before touring in New York in Autumn 2019.
Paul Maheke (b. France) practice looks at the ways in which queer blackness can inform and alter knowledge production. With particular attention to dance, Maheke’s performances and installations speculate on embodied stories and seek to rearticulate systems of representations that emerge from Western imaginations. Based in London his recent solo shows include: Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018), 6th Biennale de Rennes, Galerie Art & Essai (2018). Group exhibitions and performances include: Baltic Triennial 13 (2018); Centre Pompidou, Paris; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2018) ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2018).
Nkisi (b. Kinshasa, RDC) is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an artist raised in Belgium and living in London. She’s a producer, DJ and co-founder of NON Records, a collective of African artists and of the continent’s diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power. Following releases on Doomcore Records, Rush Hour’s sub-label MW and Warp’s club-focussed offshoot Arcola, her debut album, 7 Directions, has been released on UIQ. Her music is conceptually rich, informed by everything from Bantu cosmology to psychoacoustics.
Doors open: 7.30pm
Performance starts: 8.00pm
Age policy: 12+ (under 16’s accompanied by an over 18)
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