MeMoSa or Media Movement Salon references back to the old European tradition of intellectuals and friends coming together to exchange ideas and eat in a salon gathering. ‘Held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation’; Our monthly salons provide an opportunity for students, artists, hackers, and scientists to share their work (in progress or otherwise) and receive creative and engaged feedback.
Line Up for Spring '21
Salons are held virtually once a month.
Laraaji: Deep Listening Live Music Performance (RSVP)
Thursday, February 18th, 5:30-7:00pm
LARAAJI will channel a multi-instrumental sound Baptism featuring celestial Zither/ Harp for deep meditation and peaceful introspection. Listeners are invited to listen while wearing a blindfold. RSVP Required
Bio: LARAAJI is a Multi-instrumental Musician/recording artist and Laughter release Meditation guide. He has recorded and toured the globe with amazing ambient music performances and therapeutic Laughter meditation workshops since the 1980's.
Disappearing Acts @ 50 with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (RSVP)
Thursday March 18th, 5:30-7:00pm
For this Media Movement Salon, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs continues Disappearing Acts @ 50, first presented at The 8th Floor Gallery in 2018, this is a multi-media performance which comments on feminism and misogyny - in the time of COVID - through a meditation composed of text, song lyrics, and movement. This performance will feature Algerian dancer and North African dance educator Esraa Warda. In her poetry, Diggs ruminates on the erasure that black and brown female bodies (of advanced years) encounter within society, the temporal nature of identity, and what it means to be a woman of color entering her 50s. RSVP Required
Bio: A writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem.
Student Artists-in-Residence & Post-Bacc Process Showing (RSVP)
Thursday, April 15th, 5:30-7:00pm
Come see our Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Allison Costa and Student Artists-in-Residence Nkima Stephenson and Elise Logan present their work! See how these emerging artists have utilized the Movement Lab to explore in their different individual long-term projects and offer feedback as they move to new places in their experimentations. RSVP Required
Line Up for Fall '20
Salons are held virtually once a month.
Thursday October 1st, 5:30-7:00pm
Marianela Boán, an internationally recognized and award winning choreographer, currently living in the Dominican Republic and one of the most important artists of the Cuban and Latin American dance vanguard, shares insights into her practice, and her continuous drive to create and push boundaries. Her revolutionary style "Contaminated Dance" radically mixes all the arts associated with dance, producing an expressive and original scenic result.
As a choreographer, dancer, and teacher, Boán has worked in more than 40 countries presenting her works and giving workshops in numerous venues and festivals in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has created nearly 70 choreographic works for dance, theatre, TV and film companies. She was a member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba from 1973-1988, the founding director of the companies DanzAbierta Cuba (1988-2003), BoanDanz Action USA (2005-2010), and the Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea of the Dominican Republic (2010-present).
Angela's Pulse: A'we deh ya
Saturday November 21st, 4:00-5:30pm
Get a peek into the research and development of A'we deh ya ("All of us are here"), a new work by Paloma McGregor, artistic director of Movement Lab's Company-in-Residence Angela's Pulse. A'we is a multi-disciplinary call-and-response between colony and mainland, being created in alignment with local efforts to thwart disaster capitalism in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, in the wake of the destruction caused during the 2017 hurricane season.
In mid-November, Paloma will gather Virgin Islanders and Stateside collaborators for a week of virtual creative process as part of her 3-year residency at The Movement Lab at Barnard, supported by the Soros Arts Fellowship, MAP Fund, Movement Research and The Public. This event will function as a process share at the end of that week. Please RSVP here to join.
Image Making in the Digital World: Movement Lab & University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK) Collaboration -- POSTPONED
Thursday December 3rd, 5:30-7:00pm
The Movement Lab and collaborative partner HFBK (the University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg, Germany share sections of their collaborative investigation. Consisting of a creative cross-continental exploration into socially conscious practices in motion capture, avatar creation, and animation, the collaboration begins with Movement Lab Artist-in-Residence LaJuné McMillian and works to draw in a diverse range of artists, students, creative technologists and creators from both institutions.
Other collaborators besides primary partners, the Movement Lab and Digtale Grafik (HFBK), include the Goethe Institute Paris and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.