Monday, September 08, 2014

Sept 11 | Jace Clayton @ Gateway DC

Near Futures, part of The 5x5 Project, Washington DC, invites you to:

Enkutatash ንቁጣጣሽእ | Jace Clayton
Thursday Sept 11th, 2014
6-9pm (performance 6:30-7:30pm)
Gateway Pavilion at St. Elizabeth’s East, 1100 Alabama Ave SE

Join composer Jace Clayton, aka DJ Rupture, for Enkutatash ንቁጣጣሽእ, a participatory music performance transforming security threats into spiritual renewal on September 11th, the Ethiopian new year. Enkutatash ንቁጣጣሽእ translates Homeland Security’s familiar, color-coded threat level advisory system into notes on the Ethiopian musical scale and mixes that with an East African harvest song. The performance is held at St. Elizabeth’s East, the former national mental institution that now houses among others, the Department of Homeland Security. Celebrate afterwards with DJ music by Anthology of Booty and free Ethiopian food in tribute to the holiday.

Metro: Congress Heights (green line). Enter St. Elizabeth’s campus @ 1100 Alabama Ave SE. Gateway Pavilion is appx. 10 minute walk through the St. Elizabeth’s campus from metro. Volunteers will be available to direct visitors along the route. A shuttle will run from 5:45-9:15 transporting visitors between the pavillion and metro stop. All visitors to Gateway must show an ID. Parking is available at the Gateway DC center.  The Gateway Pavilion can also be accessed by the entrance at 2700 MLK Jr Ave., SE.

Jace Clayton is an artist based in New York. His work has evolved out of his activities as a DJ, built around core concerns for how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins (2012), a free suite of music-making software based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces. As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU. Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and singer Norah Jones. He is currently writing a book on music at the dawn of the digital century for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Clayton is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee and 2012 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Art artists award. He has been a resident at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and was writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Clayton maintains a busy international schedule as artist and speaker.

Near Futures calls upon the good people of Washington DC to join five internationally-born, US-based artists in participatory projects that present collective futures. Near Futures re-imagines the impact of national policies—immigration, security, energy, housing, communication—in neighborhoods throughout the District. Art actions include light projections, musical data, flooded lectures, street printworks, and bilingual radio. In collaboration with local artists, activists, communities, and visitors, Near Futures proposes shared tomorrows.
Near Futures is a project of the 5x5 Public Art Festivalin Fall 2014. We’ve partnered with Furthermore, a DC art and design company, along with and other non-profit groups across the district in project creation, activation, and education. #nearfutures

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