The BlackLight Project

BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments.

BlackLight, Madness and Radical Performance


Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Paul Robeson Main Art Gallery

Keynote Speaker: La Marr Jurelle Bruce, PhD Candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale

Since her arrival in the American pop cultural milieu, Lauryn Hill has been varyingly hailed as a genius, prophetess, and madwoman. In “Looking for Lauryn,” Lar Marr Jurelle Bruce maps Hill’s traversal of the epistemic categories of genius, madness, and prophecy. He ponders how pop cultural imaginaries have ascribed these concepts to Hill and how Hill herself has strategically claimed and brandished them for radical performance.

This keynote focuses especially on Hill’s relation to the semiotics and phenomenology of madness. What does Ms. Hill achieve by “acting crazy,” and at what cost? Furthermore, how might progressive intellectual, political, and performative interventions claim and utilize a politics of (black) madness?

Opening Remarks: 1:30

BlackLight Performance: 1:45

Panel I, Student Panel: 2:00

Panel II, Faculty Panel: 3:15

Keynote: “Looking for Lauryn”: 4:15

Conference Organizers: Dr. Aimee Cox and Darnell L. Moore


About aimcox

I dance. I write. I work collaboratively with lovers of life, joy seekers, dream makers, compassionate critics, change agents, elegant theorists, inner peace dwellers and free radicals to make art that makes a difference.

One comment on “BlackLight, Madness and Radical Performance

  1. Black Shakespeare
    April 8, 2011

    This is so so so dope!

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