This performance by Will Fredo Furtado and Lomaasbello narrates and interprets the liberatory potential of music and dance cultures originating from the African Diasporas in the Global South. A Skip of the Beat A Change of the Heart was produced by the Goethe-Institut and will be presented on Saturday, July 11 at 12 h. EDT, followed by an online talk with the artists and curator Luisa Ungar.
From techno to cumbia, this lecture-dance-performance by Will Fredo Furtado and Lomaasbello, narrates and interprets the liberatory potential of music and dance cultures originating from the African Diasporas in the Global South. Three songs by Lomaasbello (‘Queer Black Bitch Killa’, ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Pose’) about the experiences of Afro queers propose readings that connect stories of Afro dances with sexual, social, political, gender and metaphysical liberation, inspired by the cultures of the Maroons in the Americas.
A Skip of the Beat A change of the Heart begins with an episode in Berghain, a techno club in Berlin. Throughout, it analyzes the taxonomies applied to the arts of Afro origin in relation to state policies in Latin America, that serve the cultural appropriation and capitalism of the white-mestizo paradigm. Linking movements from dances such as kuduro and house-ballroom culture with the theories of Argelia Laya, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, among others, A Skip of the Beat A Change of the Heart reconstructs an Afro musical world reconnected with its liberatory history.
Registration is required to attend Zoom presentation, followed by a talk with the artists and curator Luisa Ungar. This event will also be streamed on Facebook. A production by the Goethe-Institut.
Will Fredo Furtado is a non-binary artist, writer, and editor who explores the dynamics of power, cultural dislocation, and the intersection of pop culture, decolonial thought, Négritude and technology. Born in Portugal, of Guatemalan and Cape Verdean origin, Will lives in Berlin, Germany.
Lomaasbello is an Afro-Marica artivist based in Chapinero, Bogotá. She uses music and rhymes from the resistance to express the experiences, mostly violent, of bodies that escape the norm.
Luisa Ungar is an artist and researcher. She holds an interest in language as a tool for dislocation and distortion and uses various means to review mechanisms with which history is constructed. Her recent work analyzes narratives about animality, the non-human and colonial circuits from local contexts.