Authentically Plastic, Nahshi, Thoom and more confirmed for Progress Bar on 17 January
Before Sonic Acts Academy 2020, a new edition of Progress Bar takes place at OT301 on Friday 17 January. The evening opens with a screening of Beatrice Gibson’s 2018 film I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead, which explores poetry and disobedience, with a score by world-renowned experimental musician and composer Pauline Oliveros. The programme also features a screening of poet Julianknxx’s film Roots for a Crown (2019), exploring the negative perceptions and prejudice surrounding locked hair, and a Q&A with its director; plus performances and DJ sets by Authentically Plastic, Elly Vineyard, jujulove, Nahshi and Thoom. Presale tickets are now online, including a limited amount of €3 early entry tickets. Named after a poem by CAConrad, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018) explores poetry and disobedience. Gibson made the first recordings on the eve of the 45th presidential inauguration in January 2017, as a portrait of two of the United States’ most important living poets, CAConrad and Eileen Myles. The film’s score, by world-renowned experimental musician and composer Pauline Oliveros, lends the film a remarkable sense of intimacy. Written and directed by Sierra Leonean via London poet Julianknxx, Roots for a Crown (2019) is an imaginative docufiction, in which various storytellers delve into the symbolism and traditions behind their locs. Its maker, Julianknxx, is a poet in search of vulnerability and vibes. Hailing from Sierra Leone via South London, the poet, filmmaker and visual artist has a profile on the rise – thanks to recent commissions by Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, and the ICA. As a DJ, producer and artist based in Kampala, Uganda, Authentically Plastic’s sound is necessarily political. They run a riotous club night in Kampala called ANTI-MASS, which opens us space for femme, queer and experimental artists in an increasingly repressive social climate. Their sets, at once dark and playful, use gqom, vogue and techno as a base for exploring other unknown sounds. Elly Vineyard, born in 1991 and raised on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, discovered ballroom culture in 2008, which changed his life forever. Elly is now proudly Father of the pioneering House of Vineyard alongside Mother Amber Vineyard. One of the first voguers of the Dutch ballroom scene, Elly has been performing and representing ball culture for over 11 years. jujulove aka Juliette Lizotte is a video maker, designer and DJ based in Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on witches as ecofeminist key figures. Inspired by feminist science fiction, manga, pop culture and fantasy jujulove opens a parallel world of her own at 170bpm. Milan-based Nahshi, known at first for his dancefloor-oriented blends, recently set out to investigate the crushing force of Lento Violento, an Italian club music genre originating in the early 00’s – as brilliantly shown on his releases for Ashida Park and Country Music. Born in Tarik Jdideh, raised in Chicago, IL, and based in Berlin, Thoom’s music is expansive, eclectic and nomadic. Tracing her journey as listeners, we won’t be surprised to find shattered traces of digital Arabic percussion and rhythm mixed with aggressive arrangements that call forth the metallic repetition of midwest American industry. Coming for the talks and film? Buy a €3 Early Entrance ticket (arrive before 21:00) and get free entry to the club on top! Attend the Facebook event for the latest programme details. About Progress Bar Progress Bar is a monthly club night dedicated to communal desire and collective joy. Every episode starts with a 90-minute talkshow with guests talking about their work in art, music and social action, and the material conditions that shape it. After the talks we move into the club, and, having spent time listening to the artists talk, dancing to their music will be even more magical. Progress Bar is a co-production of Sonic Acts & Paradiso and part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.