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Livestreamed on this page on Friday 19 June 2020 at 2 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (Detroit, UTC -4).

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Friday 19 June 2020

Downtown Variety: Juneteenth

An ancestral healing tele-protest to extend the resilience of Detroit and Flint artists to the multiverse of the global Black movement

Friday 19 June 2020

Over the past two and a half months, La MaMa and CultureHub have teamed up to create Downtown Variety, which uses emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression and creative connections. In response to national protests, La MaMa and CultureHub will pass the mic to POETIC SOCIETIES’ residents Ava Ansari, Salakastar, Ian Fink, Ahya Simone, Jonah Mixon-Webster, Halima Cassells, Rafael Leafar, and Salar Ansari who will offer an ancestral healing tele-protest to extend the resilience of Detroit and Flint artists to the multiverse of the global Black movement.

POETIC SOCIETIES are a transmedia art and healing technology network that propose poetic-living and cultivating transnational celebratory memories as the most vital response to the historical struggles of human-kind. Their mesh of life, art, music, meditation, and network media, syncs oppressed bodies, creates intersectional dynamics of solidarity, and circulates somatic, sonic, and scenic healing tactics across the plexus earth to shape the future global margins.

POETIC SOCIETIES experience poetry as a migrational art that travels chest to chest and heart to heart. As translocational cosmic beings, they carry the history of the hue-people; hand over immortal acts of social justice; and celebrate borderless lives.

POETIC SOCIETIES receive hue-people as poetic-beings, emerging in poetic environments. They liberate from the capitalist and colonialist notions of time, space, and authority and are capable of navigating unconventional moments of growth, conflict, and interdependency.

Powered by LiveLab, a browser-based media-router CultureHub is developing for networked collaboration between artists, technologists, and audiences.

Production Team:
DeAndra Anthony
Mattie Barber-Bockelman
Sangmin Chae
Jean Garcia

To watch, tune into CultureHub’s Watch page, La MaMa’s Facebook, and on HowlRound.

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