The Showroom
Event

A BANTUTRONIC Conversation & Live Music

Bantutronic

A BANTUTRONIC Conversation hosted by Creative Director Harris Elliott with members of the BANTUTRONIC Collective including poet Julianknxx & musicians Shingai, Tawiah and Thabo - featuring a discussion punctuated by live performances from each artist followed by a Q&A session.

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Bantu is a broad and deep distinction that speaks on the history and mother culture of black Africans from the beginning of time - while Tronic invokes visions of a technologically and morally advanced future. BANTUTRONIC is thus the chosen name of an artistic collective, made up of children of the Bantu Diaspora whose aim is to explore, progress and express the beauty of Bantu culture.

Image: BANTUTRONIC. Courtesy the artist

This programme takes place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory, and The Showroom. Collective Intimacy is inspired by Gates’s ethos of collaboration and The Showroom’s commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge, taking on multiple trans-located narratives of the current Black experience as a point of departure for a cosmopolitan worldview. In response to Gates’s reactivated spaces in Chicago and how his socially engaged projects enable communities to connect and grow, Collective Intimacy aims to create a new space for people to gather, listen, converse, and contemplate amongst a fusion of art, design, music, and everyday life.

Black Image Corporation presents distinct spaces creating a myriad of possibilities for collective engagements, featuring an installation of Gates’s art objects, furnishings, and new films that capture the methodologies of urban renewal and community activation founding his practice. Pieces from Chicago imbued with powerful histories, uses, and localities resonate with distinctive lounge design from here in London – like a love letter between two cities, under the roof of a new House. Taking place at both 180 The Strand and The Showroom, Collective Intimacy hosts interdisciplinary interventions by artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public, who are all invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness in the spirit of creating a global community.

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