ELECTRIC Slide and Other Sacred Geometries
A work of ethnographic performance by Kenya (Robinson)
Inspired by Ancient Egyptian Mysticism, YouTube initiates, and American ritual spaces, such as the Black Family Reunion, I am investigating the hermeneutical possibilities of line dancing. The contemporary practice of line dancing is dynamically inter-generational, gender inclusive, and parallel to forms that are culturally diverse (i.e The Texas Honky Tonk, Bollywood dance breaks, etc).
I propose a 1-4 week residency to creatively document existing line dances, investigate unlikely dance spaces (vacant racquetball courts, skate parks, retails stores, etc.), and consult with a Houston-based metaphysician. These private consultations will be used to craft a new line dance for Lil Duval’s, “Smile Bitch (Living My Best Life)”, in keeping with universal principles. The results will be shared via streaming video and on social media. I will also commission a creative technologist to develop a motion capture library of the resultant dance forms for distribution.
Houston, Texas will be among a growing list of sites including, but not limited to, Detroit, Tokyo, Atlanta, Cape Town, and Jacksonville Florida. I also intend to create a small book published in print, and available on digital platforms, detailing my findings and sharing the resulting choreography through a created system of symbols.
About the Artist
Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, Florida. A socialite, philanthropist, international southerner, mischief maker and self-described shit-starter, (Robinson) investigates gender, consumerism, and ability through unexpected performative actions and sculptural gestures. In 2018, (Robinson) won the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, presented by The Orlando Museum of Art and is a past Creative Capital Awardee. Her sculptural work has been exhibited at Pioneer Works, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aljira and the 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. Her sculpture, Commemorative Headdress of Her Journey Beyond Heaven, was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture for their permanent collection in 2014.