Complex Movements: Critical Breaks residency during One Mic festival (April 3 - 6)

Complex Movements is investigating the relationship between complex science and social justice movements in their interactive performance "Beware of the Dandelions." From April 3rd through April 6th, Complex Movements will be in residency at the Anacostia Arts Center as part of One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide. People are invited to work closely with the team to test low and high tech gaming scenarios and create a greater understanding of the underlying social justice principles embedded in "Beware of the Dandelions" through a series of workshops and intense collaborative work sessions.

All sessions are free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook.

Complex Movements is an AMP sponsored project.

Event details

NOTE: These events do NOT take place at the Kennedy Center

One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide
Beware of the Dandelions Workshops
Anacostia Arts Center
1231-1241 Good Hope Road, S.E., Washington, DC
Thursday-Saturday, April 3–5, 2014

These events are FREE, no tickets required.

Created by Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements, the performance installation Beware of the Dandelions is an immersive environment built on the aesthetics of hip-hop, designed to embody the communal lessons found within complex sciences. Through interactive hip-hop performance, handcrafted songs, video projection mapping, creative technologies, and performative installations, it explores the relationship between art, music, science and social justice movements.

Complex Movements is composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, and creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia.

Creative Technology Sessions
Thursday & Friday, April 3 & 4 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.
Anacostia Arts Center Gallery H: 1231 Good Hope Rd., SE

During these sessions, Complex Movements investigates special topics of inquiry related to the complex science principles embedded in Beware of the Dandelions. The topics include swarming, video projection mapping, and networks, just to name a few. There is a series of work intensives on each subject: using, sensors, creative, creative coding, spacial graphics, and interactive design. Participants can observe the team and ask questions on the process. They may also be asked to help with testing technology, and have opportunities to provide hands-on support. The sessions can be experienced as a series or individually. An extensive technology background is not a requirement. These sessions are family friendly.

Connecting Social Movements, Creative Expression, and Science
Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Anacostia Arts Center Honfleur Gallery: 1241 Good Hope Rd., SE

This interactive workshop and dialogue examines the connections between complex science and social movements, with a particular focus on the application in Detroit-based local community organizing efforts and how these may be applicable to DC. During these sessions, Complex Movements shares insights into Beware of the Dandelions. Community participants are invited to explore how concepts of complex science in nature and technology can be applied to the practice of counteracting systems of oppression and building visionary community-led movements.

The What, Why, and How
Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m.
Anacostia Arts Center Honfleur Gallery: 1241 Good Hope Rd., SE

Complex Movements discusses the development of its nationally recognized performance installation Beware of the Dandelions and shares the exciting, unexpected synchronicities and how they are managing the challenges of integrating technology, performance, and community organizing. By unpacking a multilayered artistic process, Complex Movements hopes to engage the DC community in a dialogue about the importance of strategy and process.

Interconnected--exploring ecosystems of movement
Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
Anacostia Arts Center Honfleur Gallery: 1241 Good Hope Rd., SE

DC area change-makers, artists, activists, organizers, and community members are invited to participate in a collective mapping of local community challenges and opportunities towards envisioning a more holistic and interconnected movement. Workshop participants can test out interactive game elements of Complex Movements' Beware of the Dandelions and reflect on how art, culture, and creativity can be woven into social justice and change-making in their communities and build strategies for resilience and justice.

These events, produced by Complex Movements, are recognized as part of the Kennedy Center's One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival.

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