The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Film & Performance - Sonic Bodies, Broken Lines, Reversible Time

Invernomuto, LYIN & Rowdy SS

Friday 21st June 2019

19:00 - 21:00, Deptford Church Hall, 131 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4NS

Tickets £5

Part of DE_MO - Deptford Moving Image Festival.

Sonic Bodies, Broken Lines, Reversible Time is a mixed event of screening and live performance that brings together Invernomuto's film Negus and Last Yearz Interesting Negro (LYIN) & Rowdy SS' performace Fury1. From different perspectives, both works produce scenarios in which sound operates as the main agent for the construction of new realities and forms of subjectivity.

Negus explores the convergence of history, myth and magic through the complex and competing legacies of Ethiopia's last emperor Haile Selassie I. In Italy during the fascist rule of Mussolini, Selassie was portrayed as a black devil, justifying Italy's invasion of Ethiopia. During the same period the religion of Rastafarianism was emerging in Jamaica and claiming Selassie as their living God and the black Christ resurrected. Negus is powered from the void between these two irreconcilable realities. Lee 'Scratch' Perry - godfather of dub music and an architect of the foundational sounds of reggae - takes on a double presence in the film. He lurks as a spiritual ghost over the Black Ark, his former recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica that he burned down in the 1980s, and as master of a ritual fire ceremony performed in Italy to re-invoke the spirit of Ethiopia's last emperor.

Fury consists of a series of works concerned with boundaries, openings, intimacy, and spectacle in performance. In Fury1, LYIN and Rowdy SS navigate space together through live simultaneous practices of responsive sonic manipulation and dance. Collapsing time and working with the simultaneous presence of past-future-now; for you and for us in different ways at the same time. Silence and stillness are fictions; holding the density, feeling out languages of darkness and omissions. Sound and bodies in wordless dialog like light that refracts in the prism of the moving crowd. Always movement.

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