Blank Map is the work of Adee Roberson, Brontez Purnell, keyon gaskin, Tasha Ceyan, and Wizard Apprentice, a temporary collective of Black artist-performer-musicians. This internally-focused work activates sound and movement and creates a space where individual and shared narratives emerge.
Blank Map is psychedelic and expansive, involving Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism. Blank Map is non-essentialized and considers anti-assimilationist tendencies.
Blank Map is a study in bodies as they metaphysically and spiritually examine shape, space, and time. Each moment supports and ruptures the next-- tape, skip, loop-- translating sounds into gestures and vibrations. Blank Map fucks with, unsettles perceptions of time. This work allows the collective to be taken and to take others elsewhere.
This project is a ritual to focus on feeling good despite who may be watching.
Blank Map aims to create a world that is inescapable and expansive-- an event horizon. This critical and abstract work wants to leave you unsettled and unable to trust your opinions of it. Ultimately, this project aims to provide more questions than answers.
The collective is supported by Stephanie Anne Johnson (lighting), Sampada Aranke (dramaturg), Alec White (production manager), and Keith Hennessy (instigator/producer). Blank Map is presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, co-produced by Circo Zero and Queer Cultural Center.
Fri-Sun June 3-12 at 8pm
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
Blank Map is supported by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission Organization Project Grant, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Bi-Rite Market, Rainbow Grocery: A Worker Owned Cooperative, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and MANCC.
All photos by Tasha Ceyan 2016.