Center for Art,
Research and Alliances
08 – 10 July, 2022

Conjuring #1

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As a prologue, Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) is pleased to present Conjurings, a public program unfolding over three weekends in July and August 2022. Shaped by scholars, artists, musicians, writers, shamans, machines, sonic technologies, and many other life-forms and undefinable disciplines, Conjurings braids invocation, incantation, questioning, un-earthing, and ceremony to open space for future (un)doings.

Convened by Erika Sprey and artists Lamin Fofana and Sky Hopinka have been working together with Emmy Catedral, Curator of Public Programs, and Manuela Moscoso, Executive Director, conjuring weaved voices inspired by each of their own practices and research throughout the program and beyond. Out of this process of forging new collaborations and expanding our networks, we are happy to present various evolving forms of live and situated experimentings.

Miatta Kawinzi
Miatta Kawinzi

Our guiding question is: How do we dream not only about ourselves? That is to say, to dream not only about ourselves, but about each other, about beings of the forest, of water, of animals, buildings,  shelters—of concrete or invisible beings, as porous interdependent entities reliant on each other and everything around us. Such collective dreamwork requires a deep and thorough understanding of the shifting mechanisms of oppression and the realities of racial capitalism. It demands the undoing of Western categories and demarcations of thought; linear and quantifiable time-space notions, and inadequate dichotomies of body and spirit, rational and organic, nature and culture, dreaming and waking. Each invited conjurer will speak to and through these conditions for collective and liberatory dream practice—listening with care to what emerges from these future ancestries, and tending their rich and opaque transmissions.


July 08, 2022

7:00 pm Doors Open
7:45 pm Manuela Moscoso: Opening Remarks
8:00 pm Lamin Fofana: Ballad Air & Fire

Ballad Air & Fire
concerns time; the immeasurable and unfathomable. It worries time. It is a disruption of the linearity of historical time, and a gesture towards what historian Robin D. G. Kelley alluded to as blues time — “simultaneously in the moment, the past, the future, and the timeless space of the imagination.” It’s about slowness, slowing down long enough and digging deep enough to open up new temporalities and possibilities, as the structures (of domination/ power/tyranny of time, of man) crumble and break down, something else bubbles up with a sense of urgency — I only hope you can hear it. Ballad Air & Fire is the name of a poem by Amiri Baraka and it is the first installment in a new material from an upcoming album trilogy.

9:45 pm Jace Clayton aka DJ/Rupture: DJ SET
11:00 pm End

July 09, 2022

1:30 pm Doors Open
2:00 pm Manuela Moscoso: Opening Remarks
2:15 pm Lamin Fofana DJ SET
3:00 pm Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Robin D.G. Kelley and Lamin Fofana

We gather to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Professor Robin D. G. Kelley’s influential book Freedom Dreams, an exploration of Black radical writers, artists, activists, and intellectuals; a deeply insightful book overflowing with lessons for surviving, resisting, transforming, and transcending our turbulent and uncertain times. To do so the scholar, activist, and poet Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kelley and Fofana will gather and create a space for collective listening and dreaming and dancing our way out of our constrictions.

4:30 pm Miatta Kawinzi: t r u s t : we will come thruuu as gems

t r u s t : we will come thruuu as gems is an experiment in embodied sound, poetics, and gesture exploring how we can give voice to both the heaviness and tenderness that swirl swiftly around us.

5:15 pm Wanda Phipps: Poetry Reading
6:00 pm End of Afternoon Session
7:15 pm Manuela Moscoso: Opening Remarks
7:05 pm JJJJJerome Ellis

Musician and poet JJJJJerome Ellis will play new music with Kenita Miller-Hicks, Justin Hicks, and John Murchison. The musicians will improvise around sounds from Ellis’ projects Fountains and Antiphonary.

8:30 pm ray ferreira: a wavy situation, another function

Perched, performer ray ferreira conjures an assemblage of texts that, in their reverberations, attempt to mark the moment as a node in a sea of complexity.

9:15 pm DeForrest Brown, Jr.: Assembling a Black Counter Culture

Assembling a Black Counter Culture is a history of techno and critical reconsideration of the extended thinking and techniques behind electronic music created from a Black theoretical perspective. A brief lecture and performance by Brown, Jr. encourages a reimagining of techno beyond the dancefloor as a timeline for technologies of Black exodus and a myth-scientific world system, spanning 1582 to 2100. DeForrest Brown, Jr. will end the night with music.

11:15 pm End

July 10, 2022

1:00 pm Doors Open
1:30 pm Manuela Moscoso: Opening Remarks
1:45 pm Nance and RaFia Santana: UNCOOL

Presenting for the first time together, artist RaFia Santana and her mother artist Marilyn Nance discuss ancestry, deep time, and visual thinking.

3:00 pm Neema Githere: Obfuscation Politics

A gamified interactive performance piece created by Neema Githere. Using the artist’s Feminist Tech Principles as a departure point, Obfuscation Politics explores the fragility of consent within our digital ecospheres and experiments with reflection around the following question: What is your most valuable data point?

4:15 pm Grandma Baby Apothecary: Whips + Visions

A one/card reading/meditation using a card from the Black Gold Lenormand; a 37-card deck celebrating the enduring legacy of Black Americans.

5:00 pm End

Ray Ferreira
Ray Ferreira


Blue CHiLD. & iris yirei hu will produce a commissioned installation in CARA’s main gallery, accompanying the program of performances, talks, and presentations. The second floor will also host an ongoing exhibition rooting the program in legacies of Black, Latinx and Indigenous intellectual frameworks and their many intertwined cultural expressions, with an intergenerational span of works by Amanda Piña, Betty Tchomanga, Emerson Uyra, Grandma Baby Apothecary, June Jordan, Khari-Johnson Ricks, Marilyn Nance, and Sky Hopinka. Presented in the ground floor gallery and CARA bookstore are works by Neema Githere, Juan Alvear, and the late Anishinaabe and Chemehuevi poet Diane Burns.


We would love to have you with us.

Conjurings are free and open to the public. We have limited capacity, so reservations are required.
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Read more about Conjurings here.

Conjuring #1
8 – 10 July, 2022

Conjurings are free and open to the public. We have limited capacity, reservations are required.

COVID-19 Protocol: For the health and safety of our staff, invited artists, and public, we shall be requesting everyone to mask during the performance programs.

Accessibility: The entry to CARA is ADA-compliant and our bookstore and galleries are barrier free throughout with all gender, wheelchair accessible bathrooms. CARA shall accommodate guest wheelchair needs if requested in advance via Service animals are welcome. The closest wheelchair accessible subway is 14th St/8th Avenue station.

We would love to have you with us.