The Technology of Disco

Hello There! Nice to catch up with you again. In this episode we travel through time using the technology of disco with the exquisite Anna Tjé/Nyum Supernova. 

Anna Tjé is a self-taught performance artist and researcher born in 1989, that lives and works in Paris, France. 
Through a trans-disciplinary practice at the intersections of the body gestures, texts, music, textile, objects and video, Anna Tjé aims to deconstruct the survival mechanisms of healing in “subcultures”. 

Navigating through contemporary creation and research, she tackles performance art – in which, endurance art, dance, sacred chants and declamation – as well as film objects and installations in order to explore the notions of intimacy, trauma, resilience, and the black woman body. Pulling from her personal archive and from the trajectories of black women feminists and queer activists, as well as philosopher from the African Diaspora, she questions the property of Utopia, science-fiction and spirituality as vectors of emancipation and communication. 

She recently enrolled in ‘Timelight’ a 6 months art and research project in Starsbourg France around the Disco Movement and created her first archipelagic piece called Nyum Elucubris. A piece that consist in 3 performances and 1 video installation about the myth of Nyum Supernova, which she got to showcase during the ‘Timelight’ traveling exhibition in October, around Strasbourg and the Est of France.
In January 2019, she was part of the first postgraduate program of the Workshops of Critical Thought in Dakar, Senegal (Ateliers de la Pensée), founded by philosophers Felwin Sarr and Achille Mbembe.

Co-founder of the literary and arts journal Atayé, she went to the Mod’Art international Paris Fashion school before exploring the media. Graduate of a Masters in communication and publishing, she continues to deepens her research during her PhD program in Arts & Media with a specialty in Performance arts and Theater at the University of La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. She is supervised by Sylvie Chalaye (La Sorbonne) and co-supervised by Frieda Ekotto (University of Michigan).

Her work was published in Afrikadaa Magazine as well as Ex Nihilo Magazine and she contributed to the Afrocyberféminismes cycle in Paris (FR) and she was invited to present her work at the Théâtre de l’Usine in Genève (Switzerland). She has also shown her work at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR), at the Plateaux Sauvages/MPAA, Paris (FR), at the Pavillon des Canaux, Paris (FR) and at La Colonie, Paris (FR).

Anna Tje

Contact Anna Tjé
anna.ngo.tje(a)gmail.com


EPISODE NOTES

Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction and Social Dreaming

Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use, sexy, and consumable. In Speculative Everything, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them, design is a means of speculating about how things could be—to imagine possible futures. This is not the usual sort of predicting or forecasting, spotting trends and extrapolating; these kinds of predictions have been proven wrong, again and again. Instead, Dunne and Raby pose “what if” questions that are intended to open debate and discussion about the kind of future people want (and do not want).

Speculative Everything offers a tour through an emerging cultural landscape of design ideas, ideals, and approaches. Dunne and Raby cite examples from their own design and teaching and from other projects from fine art, design, architecture, cinema, and photography. They also draw on futurology, political theory, the philosophy of technology, and literary fiction. They show us, for example, ideas for a solar kitchen restaurant; a flypaper robotic clock; a menstruation machine; a cloud-seeding truck; a phantom-limb sensation recorder; and devices for food foraging that use the tools of synthetic biology. Dunne and Raby contend that if we speculate more—about everything—reality will become more malleable. The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.


Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

The aim of each thing which we do is to make our lives and
the lives of our children richer and more possible. Within the
celebration of the erotic in all our endeavors, my work becomes
a conscious decision a longed-for bed which I enter gratefully
and from which I rise up empowered.

Audre Lorde

Music & Cips Featured in This Episode

In this episode I really took the opportunity to archive some great music curated with the help of Anna Tje. We have here a mixture of disco from all around the world. Please enjoy, share widely and support ALL of the artists and their phenomenal work! 

To make life a little easier I made a PLAYLIST. Yes! I made you a mixtape. You will find all of the songs and clips used in this podcast. We invite you to dig through this rabit hole.

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Née en 1989, Anna Tjé vit et travaille à Paris. 
À travers une pratique transdisciplinaire et entre usage du corps et du geste, de la poésie et du récit, de la musique, du textile, de l’objet, de l’image et des média, Anna Tjé tente de déconstruire les mécanismes de survie et de guérison dans les dites subcultures. 

Naviguant entre création contemporaine et recherche, elle investit la performance de manière  autodidacte – dont l’endurance art, la danse, la déclamation, le chant sacré – et l’installation ainsi que la vidéo afin d’explorer les notions d’intime, de trauma et de résilience du corps féminin noir. En puisant ainsi dans son archive personnelle et dans les parcours de militantes féministes et/ou queer, ainsi que les philosphes de la diaspora africaine, elle questionne la propriété de l’utopie, de la science-fiction et de la spiritualité comme vecteurs d’émancipation et de communication.

Co-fondatrice de la revue littéraire et artistique à contre-courant Atayé, Anna Tjé a fait ses études à l’École de mode Mod’Art International Paris, avant de se diriger vers les médias. Diplômée d’un Master d’ingénierie éditoriale et communication de l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise, elle continue d’approfondir ses recherches dans le cadre d’une thèse en Arts et Médias à la Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3. En janvier 2019, elle a également participé à l’Ecole doctorale des Ateliers de la pensée de Dakar (Sénégal), et fut encadrée par Felwin Sarr, Achille Mbembe Yala Kisukidi, Françoise Verges, Jamila Mascat, Abdourhamane Seck et Bado Ndoye.

Contacter Anna Tjé à 
anna.ngo.tje(a)gmail.com

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