Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic.

by: Tiona McClodden
harrietsgunmedia.com/be-alarmed

postwhitesociety:

the-real-goddamazon:

timeforlightss:

chantycole:

iggatine:

teddythemonster:

untouchmyhair:

teddythemonster:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

cultureunseen:

Tea Party Comix 

They really don’t care about us…

RACISM

this genuinely hurt.. they really tried it

but let it go right

published in 2010 though
not the 50’s

they published 3 editions of full comic books like this……..

Amerikkka

I didn’t even want to reblog this… But y’all have to be educated… This is how they feel about us…. “They” as in, whomever feels this way about “us”.

2010 !?

I remember when this was published and they tried to bury the story.

I’m immortalizing the shit out of this.

a crimefighter

posttragicmulatto:

blackourstory:

Smiling Faces…

  • because it happened
  • because we’re all descended from someone
  • because ignorance of past atrocities allows for disbelief of present ones

ancestry.com or some other source needs to be used to track down these white people and their relatives. The victim’s families are owed reparations

tionam:

had a few folks ask me to open the shotgun aka (Sweet Brown, 2014) at the opening so i obliged. Show is up until June 7, 2014!!! #openingreception #WAIT #Project4gallery #DC

tionam:

had a few folks ask me to open the shotgun aka (Sweet Brown, 2014) at the opening so i obliged. Show is up until June 7, 2014!!! #openingreception #WAIT #Project4gallery #DC

tionam:

https://www.facebook.com/events/218695181674385/Saturday, May 17, 2014Opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Featuring Soundsets on Project 4’s outdoor terrace: DC sound artist Exaktly at 7pm, followed by an ambient sound performance by chukwumaa.Project 4 is pleased to present WAIT, a new media exhibition presenting video, sound, installation and performance works by artists chukwumaa, Larry Cook, E. Jane and Tiona McClodden. The exhibition is conceived and curated by E. Jane.The concept of the show reflects the new media artist’s challenge of capturing viewer attention and focus in a highly saturated, over-stimulating digital landscape. With constant and instantaneous consumption of images, video and sound across platforms that are fully embedded into daily life, a new framework is steering our perceptions of our world and our selves. From viral sound bytes to fleeting Snapchats, the scanning/filtering/processing of media has reached a rapid-fire pace. For artists working in this realm, a collective aim is for viewer access at a deeper level. E. Jane asks, “How do we get an audience to wait and enter the work?”

tionam:

https://www.facebook.com/events/218695181674385/

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Featuring Soundsets on Project 4’s outdoor terrace: DC sound artist Exaktly at 7pm, followed by an ambient sound performance by chukwumaa.

Project 4 is pleased to present WAIT, a new media exhibition presenting video, sound, installation and performance works by artists chukwumaa, Larry Cook, E. Jane and Tiona McClodden. The exhibition is conceived and curated by E. Jane.

The concept of the show reflects the new media artist’s challenge of capturing viewer attention and focus in a highly saturated, over-stimulating digital landscape. With constant and instantaneous consumption of images, video and sound across platforms that are fully embedded into daily life, a new framework is steering our perceptions of our world and our selves. 

From viral sound bytes to fleeting Snapchats, the scanning/filtering/processing of media has reached a rapid-fire pace. For artists working in this realm, a collective aim is for viewer access at a deeper level. E. Jane asks, “How do we get an audience to wait and enter the work?”

Harriet's Gun Media - Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic »

tionam:

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I’m currently exploring themes such as biomythography, re-memory, and magical realism which I’m using as aids in challenging my personal methods of delivering visual narrative through the use of film and video. Biomythography, is a term coined by poet and author Audre Lorde in her book, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Biomythography is rooted in intersectional practice and encourages “toeing the line” of myth, historical references, and biography in epic narrative form. It’s all about standpoint and one’s personal point of view of the world in an objective and subjective space, simultaneously. With my experimental series Be Alarmed, I’ve created a conceptual epic film and visual art work rooted in my personal familial history, my current biography, and themes that may relate to the greater African-American experience.

My series Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic has given me room to place my physical self within my work both literally and figuratively. This is a series derived from my experience watching film trailers at a time in my childhood where I was not allowed to watch a great number of films due to parental censorship. During this period of time I came to see the film trailers that played before the films I had access to as the film “itself”. Be Alarmed as a series will be comprised of four parts, with the first part being Movement I - The Visions and each series contains a set of trailers and scenes that will eventually function as the overall film. Except in this case there is no full linear film, just trailers, scenes, and film stills that give insight to the overall narrative arc of the “film”.

Be Alarmed is an epic film. An epic film is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale, is often set during a time of societal crisis, and covers a long range of time. With Be Alarmed I am deconstructing and exploring this idea alongside the format of film trailers which will include key elements of my personal familial history in America from the 1930s to present day. With each movement within the series to accompany the trailers I have also created a series of sculptures and artifacts that are situated within the narrative of the film, creating my own Black Americana in the form of sculptural artifacts that also serve as film memorabilia within the film that aid in the telling of the overall narrative story. With each artifact there is an integral sentimental value embedded within these objects’ due to their relationship and use within the film, therefore making them also a part of the overall films narrative. I am also taking a look at the idea and genre of an epic film and what that looks like if deconstructed to represent a larger work through the use of the shorter film sequence format.

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions

Tiona McClodden

January 1, 2014