Over the duration of two-weeks the artists occupy Ajasa-hFACTOR in Lagos, Nigeria
and Centrum in Berlin, Germany
. Connected by live video stream projected onto life-sized screens, Sheila Chukwulozie in Lagos and Jasminfire in Berlin interact through the virtual portal to create a new performance work that examines the power of emotion.
OBSIDIAN builds from two sound and movement works made by Chukwulozie and Jasminfire separately. Chukwulozie takes us through a ceremony of personal yantras using the seven tones of seven singing bowls, while Jasminfire works within viola, cello and voice meditations. Drawing from their personal experiences of repression and release, the two artists address how suppression in a "society of niceties" can shape an individual into a shadow self.
OBSIDIAN makes use of everyday technologies in public space to bridge the global North and South. The shared virtual space allows the two artists to explore the limitations of separate physicality caused by our new post-COVID era but also regularly faced by many living without the privilege of a Western passport.
From June 13th to 23rd, Chukwulozie and Jasminfire activate Centrum and Ajasa-hFACTOR spontaneously. Through impromptu performances and organic open format discussions with visitors in Berlin and Lagos, the two artists aim to take audiences through an array of emotional states, while simultaneously creating a collaborative performance played out as a series of fiery releases essential to living within balance.
For its Finissage OBSIDIAN will make part of 48-stunden-neukoelln in Berlin with scheduled performances:
June 24th - 19:00-22:00 in Berlin & 18:00-21:00 in Lagos
June 25th - 15:00-21:00 in Berlin & 14:00-20:00 in Lagos
June 26th - 15:00-19:00 in Berlin & 14:00-18:00 in Lagos