DJ King Britt and artist Joshua Mays will lead a one-night-only performance on October 14 in West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park that imagines a youth monument to the future. In the summer of 2017, they worked in collaboration with students from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Art Education program to draw on historical archives, collect sound samples, and interpret Afro-diasporic images of transcendence. The result is a “monumental time portal,” according to the artists, that both honors ancestral legacies and envisions utopian futures through sound, poetry, projection, and visual art. The vinyl banners created for this performance will be on display at the Malcolm X Park Lab during open hours throughout the exhibition.
Location: Site 09: Malcolm X Park
Lab Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays: 4pm – 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm – 5pm
5pm – 8pm
Park Hours: Open 24 Hours Daily
Sound, light, vinyl panels, and student collaborations
Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny Collaborators
King Britt (Electronics), Joshua Mays (Visual Artist), Chuck Treece (Guitartronics), John Morrison (Electronics), Heru Shabaka-Ra (Trumpet), Rich Hill (Upright Bass), and Lyrispect (Poet)
The City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of Malcolm X Park, and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Art Education program
All of us are here learning who we are through our ancestral make-up and the dreams of what our ancestors wanted for us. They laid the groundwork for our lineage and are now carrying on the dream.
Many of our ancestors were displaced by various circumstances. As we delve into diaspora studies we learn more about ourselves and how we wound up in this present time and space. So what will we do with this, what is the future, and what will we leave?
This project is a two-part youth-driven project that will be a temporary monument to the future in Malcolm X Park.
The forward-thinking and futuristic utopian artwork of Joshua Mays will be the main visual element through the lens of the youth from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Art Education program.
As part of the multimedia installation, King Britt will provide a sound element as well as a culminating performance on October 14 with local musical legends, creating an improvised work as the audience enters our monumental time portal.
As a tribute to one of our ancestors that laid the groundwork, we will also include some of Malcolm X’s peaceful ideas, to pay respect to the space.
About the Artist
King Britt is a renowned Philadelphia DJ, record producer, composer, and performer. He has released over 20 albums with a variety of collaborators. Britt has toured and worked with Digable Planets, Sade, Alison Moyet, De La Soul, and Josh Wink. He is also a Pew Fellow (2007) and guest curator at MoMA PS1 & Fringe Arts
Joshua Mays is a muralist, illustrator, painter, and mixed media artist who lives and works in Oakland, CA. He has created public murals and been in exhibitions in cities around the world including Philadelphia, Denver, Washington DC, Portland, and Mexico City.