August Wilson Center LAB

AWC Lab EVENTS June 2-4, 2017

The August Wilson Center Lab is a pop-up research center and day/night event series where the public can generate objects and activities with artists whose work affirms and projects the futures of people of African descent. It takes place during the 2017 Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.


Film: Born in Flames
Jun
4
4:30pm 4:30pm

Film: Born in Flames

In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.  Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which many progressive groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - continue to experience problems with jobs, gender, governmental preference and violence. Curated by Afronaut(a) in collaboration with Iyapo Repository.

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Film: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai aka Niger's "Purple Rain"
Jun
4
3:00pm 3:00pm

Film: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai aka Niger's "Purple Rain"

A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation. This West African re-imagining of Prince's Purple Rain is set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger. Riffing on Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. Curated by Afronaut(a) in collaboration with Iyapo Repository.

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Open Lab: Gardens, Greens, and the Great Unknown
Jun
4
12:00pm12:00pm

Open Lab: Gardens, Greens, and the Great Unknown

Today's drop in hours are inspired by the natural world in which we live. On the hour, The Institute for Plant Motivation will lead people through a short five step session on forming intimate consensual relationships with plants. Participants leave with a certificate and clay wearable or seedball. Continue adding to the Archivist's Field Notes, and rapid prototype your artifacts using basic electronic components like LEDs, buzzers, and motors with help from BoXZY and TechShop instructors Jayla & Naomi. 

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Sanctuary + True T Present: Roots Pride ~Final Edition~ with Junglepussy & Co.
Jun
3
to Jun 4

Sanctuary + True T Present: Roots Pride ~Final Edition~ with Junglepussy & Co.

On Saturday night, join Sanctuary + True T Entertainment at the August Wilson Center for the final Roots Pride Pittsburgh. "We are so excited to see that over the past three years, folks have continued the work we have collectively manifested to radically shift the way we build a PRIDE community."

With special guests: JUNGLEPUSSY (NYC), DJ DELISH (Philly), JOY KMT (Black Quantum Futurism Pittsburgh, Sanctuary), NO SHADE, JAFAR/MARIO JOSEPHINE @jinnfag, KAI HUNTER, EJAY LOHAN

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Keynote: Building Future Cities w Ingrid LaFleur, Marita Garrett, Celeste Smith
Jun
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Keynote: Building Future Cities w Ingrid LaFleur, Marita Garrett, Celeste Smith

Mayoral candidates Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit), Marita Garrett (Wilkinsburg), 1Hood CEO Celeste Smith, and filmmaker Alisha B. Wormsley lead an afrofuturist discussion on the roles an artist/educator, a curator turned politician, and a politician have in the building of our future cities.

Film/video clips spanning dystopic blockbusters to viral YouTube videos cover themes spanning city aesthetics, access to education, transportation, and the water crisis. Co-curated by Afronaut(a) and Iyapo Repository.

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Workshop: Staycee's Movement Lab with PearlArts, Iyapo Repository, Boom Concepts
Jun
3
3:30pm 3:30pm

Workshop: Staycee's Movement Lab with PearlArts, Iyapo Repository, Boom Concepts

How can movement ignite invention? How do landscapes contextualize objects? In this workshop, PearlArts dancers Ronnell Kitt, LaTrea Rambert, and Chandra Blount respond to prompts generated by you to build digital landscapes. Together we will design future worlds and objects through movement, music, and virtual reality. We will then analyze these VR drawings to see what information can be extracted to give form to artifacts. Walk-in, first-come-first-serve.

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Teen Workshop: Bling Bling with Iyapo Repository, TechShop, BoXZY
Jun
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Teen Workshop: Bling Bling with Iyapo Repository, TechShop, BoXZY

Explore digital fabrication techniques to make your own medallions. After creating future artifacts, teen archivists will use Adobe Illustrator and BoXZY laser cutters to commemorate their future objects as emblems on wood and plastic medals. Once your medallion has been cut, explore how electricity works by connecting a LED and button battery to the back of your pendant to make it glow. Techshop instructors - Jayla, Ashanti.

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Performance: If I Die, I'm a Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo and #BlackLivesMatter with Boom Concepts
Jun
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Performance: If I Die, I'm a Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo and #BlackLivesMatter with Boom Concepts

  • MUTLIPLE LOCATIONS - August Wilson Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Audience-activated rituals at 12:30PM with Anqwenique Wingfield, 2:30PM with Shad Ali, 6:30PM with Bekezela Mguni, guide: Julie Mallis. #OHB is a character investigation of the street deities featured in BOOM Concepts’ physical theater piece “If I Die I’m A Legend, A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #blacklivesmatter".  This two day character investigation will provide the cast with a laboratory environment to explore how theme and icons of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #blacklivesmatter are presented explicitly in each character. 

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Daily Intention Setting with JOY KMT
Jun
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Daily Intention Setting with JOY KMT

Open the space with artist and poet JOY KMT of Sanctuary / Roots Pride. Joy KMT is a poet, healer, ritual artist and cultural commentator. She is a MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Callaloo Fellow, as well as a soon to be 2017 VONA fellow. Her work is deeply influenced by afropessimism, afrofuturism, conjure, the woods of Allegheny County and the economy of mothering.  

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