We are so stoked to host the Black Aesthetic Film Series here at Wolfman starting in October. The organizers, Ryanaustin Dennis and Philip Johnson will be doing a residency in the shop Fridays, and using the award money and stipend to build out infrastructure around this new series. Check out more about BAFS below:
My art practice combines collage, poetry, and video installation. My main concern is the metaphysics of blackness. I look at our cultural notions of contemporary blackness as a material substance investigating how the matter, properties, and physics of Blackness work in our social world. Below is a manifesto that I hope will guide my practice:
A New Black Imaginary Manifesto
We are social death
We are in the constant process of decolonization
We must engage with our social imaginary
The Black Body is Real
Blackness is always present
Black is Trans
Black people experience pleasure
Violence is mode of expression
Black is Global
Black is Local
We are rooted in the ecology of this planet
Black people are Animals
Black people are Humans
Black people are Transcendental
Blackness is not always able-bodied
Blackness is not inherently a political identity. We are prior to the polis
During my residency I will be collaborating with an Oakland based filmmaker, Philip Johnson, on a project called The Black Aesthetic. This project is about showcasing rare, independent, or unknown films and shorts that we think should have a wider audience. With each film viewing, we will have a guided audience discussion where we can tease out technical, structural, and socio-political themes. The goal is to create a robust forum for people to exchange ideas, make connections, and experience the communal aspects of film.
Ryanaustin Dennis is a Midwest (Akron, OH) writer/artist/cook and Bay Area transplant that has performed on street corners, stages, slams, and open mics across the country. He often collaborates with other artists on different projects and has two manuscripts in the works for publishing How to Bend a Nigger and Strike: Poems Out Loud. You can find him shuking artichokes or cleaning fresh squid at Camino. And if you’re lucky, you might find him on the tennis courts around in your area.
More info on the film series coming soon!