WRITING WORKSHOP 23.09.2023 11:00–14:00
With Blick Bassy
Language The workshop will be held in English
Open Call The workshop is open to all but has limited capacity. If you are interested to join us, kindly register until 21.09.2023 with subject line "Writing Workshop" at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the framework of the exhibition IT GO HAVE TO ADJUST. ON LANGUAGE AS PARASITE, join us for the first of four workshops. Blick Bassy who is also showing a video in the exhibition invites you to a session of navigating, inventing decolonial vocabularies.
What words could emerge to describe a thought, a desire, a wish? As we connect, our emotions flourish, our ideas materialize. Language, a clear crystal of our imagination, breathes life into our perspectives. It shapes our emotions, unleashes our creativity.
In this workshop, Blick Bassy invites participants to reconsider what (new) words could emerge to describe thoughts, desires, or wishes as we connect with one another and allow our emotions to flourish and our ideas to materialize.
BLICK BASSY was born in Cameroon where he grew up between Yaoundé, the capital, and Mintaba, his native village where singing, dancing and music are customary. He draws his multiple inspirations from his childhood memories, traveling between music, dance, performing arts and cinema. Blick Bassy brings these disciplines into dialogue with brio. After spending ten years with the group Macase, which he created, he embarked on a solo career and produced four successful albums, making him one of the most inventive multidisciplinary artists of his generation.
Blick Bassy takes up this heritage and questions the conflicts of yesterday and today. His futuristic Afro music makes him an avant-garde artist mixing traditional and electro-modern sounds. In 2016, he wrote his first novel, Le Moabi Cinéma, published by Gallimard and awarded the Grand Prix which celebrates the continent's French-speaking authors. In 2019, he was honoured with the Sacem Grand Prize for World Music for the album 1958, dedicated to Cameroonian independence heroes. His latest album, Madiba, released in 2023, addresses the issue of water.
In 2021, he presented a series of artistic works, including concerts, sound experiences, musical conferences, his first short film, and finally Bikutsi 3000, a dance tale highlighting African women in contemporary governance at the Quai Branly in Paris, France. In 2023, he created "Today Na Today," a collective bringing together African creators and bearers of traditional knowledge, with the aim of raising awareness about life. He also established a cultural space dedicated to the same issue.
The artist says: „In each of my projects, the same concerns drive me: how Africa can reconnect with its identity, emancipate itself from its colonial history, inspire its youth and invent its future.”
FUNDING The project is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.