The Universe is Expanding: Emergent Performance by Nova Scott-James

March 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Zoom link will be given upon registration
Flux Factory
The Universe is Expanding: Emergent Performance by Nova Scott-James @ Online

Filmmaker, medium, artist, and innovation doula Nova Scott-James will share media and process documentation from three performance pieces, A Eulogy For The Lenox Lounge, The Imposter, and Freeing The Caged Bird. Each of these performances involves an invocation of death as it relates to the transmutation of memories.⁣

1. Eulogy For The Lenox Lounge (2017)⁣

A soulful melody played on a fire escape above the demolition site of the Lenox Lounge, a historic Jazz club in Harlem, NYC stealthily demolished in 2017 in a massive wave of gentrification. Featuring Tivon Pennicott on Saxophone. Directed and Curated by Nova Scott- James.⁣

A cultural thank you and acknowledgment of The historical Lennox Lounge Jazz club in Harlem, which was demolished in 2017.⁣

A special thank you to Erica Johnson.⁣

2. The Imposter (2018)⁣
The artist transmutes the trauma of her past by performing in white-face as the male teacher that sexually abused her as a child.⁣

Performed by Nova Scott-James; Featured in the short film Nova: A New Spelling of My Name, 2020⁣

Camera by Jaime Inglehart, Sholeh Asgary, Catalina Alvarez, Natalie Tsui; Makeup by Kyle Kreuger; Special Thank You to Timmie Larode⁣

3. Freeing The Caged Bird (2020)⁣
An exploration of the work required to honor and translate collective memory through intuitive movement and talking to plants. Performed by Nova Scott-James.⁣

Camera by Tanya Jackson, Nova Scott-James; Performance at the cornfield at Sweet Freedom Farm, Hudson Valley, NY; Bird mask made by mask: Lexy Ho-Tai @Lexymakesthings; Special thank you to Sweet Freedom Farm and Charlotte Azad⁣

Made through New Work Grant from Queens Council on The Arts (2020 grant recipient).


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