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EMPRes: Sonic Afrofuturism – a workshop with Harold Offeh

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


EMPRes and LMH Black Histories and Futures presents:

Sonic Afrofuturism a workshop with Harold Offeh.

via Zoom


Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects, London, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Wysing Art Centre, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, MAC VAL, France, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark and Art Tower Mito, Japan.

He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at The University of Brighton, MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art and recently completed a PhD by practice exploring the activation of Black Album covers through durational performance. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, UK where he is currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.


The workshop will be presented in the context of my research into speculative futures and fictions. Rooted in references from Afrofuturism: Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Janelle Monae etc and touching on Sino and Desi Futurisms. This would be interspersed with a series of performative and playful exercises, tasks and prompts that will invite participants to employ sound, gesture and text. The workshop aims to speak to the power and agency of speculative futures as a tool for reflective and critical thinking into the present and the contemporary.

 Open to 20 participants from Music Faculty and Ruskin School of Art. Please contact empres@music.ox.ac.uk to register.


March 4
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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