Poetics of the Undercommons explores spoken word, poetry and lyrical prose as sites of resistance and liberation, framing the way the voice can embody a space of both individual and collective agency. The programme takes its title from a publication by the poet and scholar Fred Moten, who imagined a ‘poetics of the undercommons’ as not only an aesthetic practice, but also a social poesis – a constant process through which people make one another and the sociality in which they live.
Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ, 2016. 16mm transferred to video, 3 min.
Ephraim Asili, Fluid Frontiers, 2017. 16mm transferred to HD, 23 min.
Louis Henderson, The Sea is History, 2016. HD video, 28 min.
Helen Cammock, There’s a Hole in the Sky, 2016. HD video, 11 min.
Total running time: 65 min
Details of Programmes III (5 July) & IV (26 July) will be announced shortly.
LUX Scotland is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting artists’ moving image practices in Scotland. Working at the intersection of the contemporary visual arts and film sectors, its core activities include public exhibition and touring projects, learning and professional development for artists and arts professionals, distribution, commissioning and production support, research and sector advocacy. From its offices based in Glasgow, LUX Scotland works with a growing network of national and international partners, including museums, contemporary art organisations, film festivals and educational institutions, to deliver its programme. Established in 2014, LUX Scotland is a part of LUX and is supported by Creative Scotland.
Nicole Yip is a curator and writer based in Glasgow. She has been Director of LUX Scotland since 2016 and was previously Special Projects Curator at LUX. She has curated exhibitions, film screenings and projects at venues including Tramway, Glasgow; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Firstsite, Colchester; The Showroom, London and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, where also worked on the inaugural LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images (2012). She is a contributor to Frieze magazine and co-editor of publications including Xerography (Colchester: Firstsite, 2013) and Ulises Carrión: Gossip, Scandal and Good Manners (London: Royal College of Art, 2010). She has been a jury member for numerous international film festivals and awards, including the inaugural Glasgow International Artists’ Prize (2018), VIDEONALE.16 Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts (2017), and the Margaret Tait Award (2016–ongoing).