Live Event — 10 October 2020, 20:00
Listening session and in conversation with Zinzi Minott and DJ Flight
BFMAF invites audiences to join this performance that will premiere a newly mixed set by DJ Flight, one of Drum & Bass’s most influential figures (Metalheadz, Rinse FM, 1Xtra). DJ Flight will perform a DJ set in response to artist, dancer and choreographer Zinzi Minott’s new work Fi Dem III: Ancestral Interference presented in the festival’s Propositions series. Introducing the listening party will be a live conversation with the two artists moderated by Rabz Lansiquot.
Fi Dem III has been produced and commissioned by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Spike Island, Bristol and Transmission, Glasgow.
Watch Fi Dem III here.
Live Event Participants:
Zinzi Minott is an artist and dancer whose work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. She explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class and is specifically interested in the place of Black women’s body within the form. As a dancer and filmmaker, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance, seeing her live performances, filmic explorations and objects as different but connected manifestations of dance and body based outcomes and enquiry. Broken narratives, disturbed lineages and glitches are used by Minott to explore notions of racism one experiences through the span of a Black life. Sharing Caribbean stories in her work, she highlights the histories of those enslaved and the resulting migration of the Windrush Generation. Current commissions and residences are with BFMAF, Spike Island (Bristol), Transmission (Glasgow), 198 Gallery and Cubitt Gallery (London). In 2016–17, she was artist-in-residence at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Zinzi has also been an artist-in-residence at Serpentine Gallery, Rich Mix and Dance Research Space, and is currently a resident artist at Somerset House and Once Dance UK Trailblazer. Zinzi is one of two artists commissioned under ‘CONTINUOUS’, a four-year partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Siobhan Davies Dance to explore the relationship between contemporary dance and the visual arts.
DJ Flight is one of the most influential figures in Drum & Bass, both as a DJ and a radio presenter. She has been at the forefront of the scene’s transitional periods by championing underground music and eclectic producers. She draws attention from beyond the genre due to her great taste and a distinct narrative to her sets. Go anywhere in the world and Drum & Bass fans know Flight thanks to her seminal radio show – The Next Chapter – on BBC 1Xtra, a weekly fixture that quickly became The Holy Grail for discovering new styles and experimental sounds. Flight is highly regarded as the inner sanctum of the Drum & Bass scene as a result of her longstanding residencies for Metalheadz and Swerve, and her exquisite live sets emanating deeper shades of Drum & Bass.
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer, curator and DJ. They were a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) collective from its inception in 2014 and now work alongside Imani Robinson as the curatorial and artistic duo Languid Hands, who are the Cubitt Curatorial Fellows for 2020-21. Rabz was Curator In Residence at LUX in 2019, developing a public and educational programme around Black liberatory cinema. Their first solo exhibition ‘where did we land’, an experimental visual essay exploring the use of images of anti-black violence in film and media, was on view at LUX in Summer 2019. They have put together film programmes at the ICA, SQIFF, Berwick Film & Media Festival, were a programme advisor for LFF’s Experimenta strand in 2019, and are on the selection committee for Sheffield Doc Fest 2020. Rabz is also training to deliver workshops in working with Super 8 and eco-processing at not.nowhere.