re-OrientatonS: an immersive experience of Black thought and Black wonderment

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SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture |Technology presents:


We re-orient because we must.  Moving towards our destiny means leaving something back. This mixed-media|live-processing performance combines soundscaping, VR explorations, dance performance, projection mapping and storytelling to craft an immersive experience of Black thought and Black wonderment.

Afrofuturism.  Afropessimism.  the sore loser.  Becoming... The quartet of artists each contribute from electronic workstations into a central area of discovery, as an audience witnesses from a three-sided periphery.  How do four artists contribute to a shared making of sound, light, projection, text, dance?  How will they bring their expertise near each other in an unusual assembly of technologically-enhanced revelations?  The work emerges from an archive of possibilities assembled in the wild contours of the imagination set free to dream... Black Queer Life as sourcecode for imagining the collective futures we share…



Thomas F. DeFrantz | artist website

Kate Alexandrite | artist website

Ayan Felix | artist website

MX Oops | artist website



SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology is a think-tank and interdisciplinary performance research group that explores connections between performance, history, theater, and emergent technology. Under the direction of Northwestern University professor Thomas F. DeFrantz, SLIPPAGE builds on the urgent need for intentional, critical, and timely interaction among artists, researchers, audiences, engineers, faculty, students, and general publics in the arts.

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes
Dance Styles
African American
Modern / Contemporary


Links Hall

3111 N. Western Ave. at Constellation
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 281-0824