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Harriet’s Gun Media™ is making the ENTIRE ‘coming.out.’ section of the ‘black./womyn.:conversations…’ film available for streaming in celebration of National Coming Out Day! Please share the video link with friends, family, etc.

This link will be LIVE until next Thur. 10-17-14 So REBLOG + please spread the word!

ENJOY!
Tiona

About The Film:
black./womyn.:conversations… is a feature-length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. The documentary is structured by interviews-”conversations”-the director had with each of the women. It features candid interviews with black lesbian women discussing coming out, sexuality and religion, love and relationships, marriage, patriarchy, visibility in media, discrimination and homophobia, activism, gender identity, Black lesbian youth and elders, balancing gender/race/sexuality, and, finally, what it means to call oneself a Black lesbian today. black./womyn.:conversations… is a piece that provokes honest, progressive dialogue and critical thinking among people in general-and Black lesbians in particular-about how Black lesbians are viewed and affected by society. black./womyn.:conversations… features interviews with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde.

This film encourages progressive dialogue about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes resulting from their portrayal in media and society at large. The director hopes to create conversation among Black lesbians of differing ages, backgrounds about the lack of communication among these groups and how this affects the overall unity of Black lesbians as a group.

black./womyn.:conversations…also facilitates social change by presenting a well-rounded view of Black lesbian women. The women in the film vary in age, gender identities/expressions, and professions. Thus, the project impacts black lesbian women nationally and internationally, especially in remote areas where visibility is minimal. The film also impacts non-LGBTQ communities by deconstructing monolithic understandings of Black lesbians in the media and society as a whole. The film portrays black lesbians at all levels and stages discussing their lives as they relate to relevant topics.

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THE CHILLS, 2014
by Tiona McClodden

Viewing: Listening station and installation available during all gallery hours, except during performances.

SANCTUARY (at The Rotunda) |4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Available to LISTEN on October 10-12, 2014

Statement:
As a filmmaker, I am geared towards working strictly with moving images. During this sound residency I wanted to strip myself of my usual visual leanings, and immerse myself with sound and examine my relationship to music of the African Diaspora, with a focus on my family’s relationship to music from 1930 to present day. I created a series of binaural sound recordings using small mics located within my ears, in order to achieve an immersive surround sound. The goal was to explore my body’s response to specific sounds or musical compositions, or autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), described as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the body or “the chills”. Being that the Sanctuary is First Church of Christ Scientist, my intent was to approach my relationship to sound as a scientist.

Binaural recordings were my entry point into the science of how one listens. The binaural mics also allowed me to monitor my recording as I recorded various music genres within the Sanctuary, creating a meta experience of hearing . I also recorded Philadelphia-based members of the Black American community to sing songs from the genres of Negro Spirituals, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Orisha music, encouraging them to produce the “beat” of the music by utilizing only their bodies and/or the fixtures within the Sanctuary itself. I’m interested in exploring how sound plays a part in how memory is constructed and recalled within the body. I also recorded, replayed, and edited the “sweet spots” of songs that personally give me “the chills” in each genre above to play within the final installation.

I have installed the final recordings and sound experiments from the residency on a set of pews located within the Sanctuary. MOVEMENT I – Sweet Spots is a long form edit of 1,000 songs that I have edited to highlight what i like to refer to as the “sweet spots” of song that give me the chills. MOVEMENT II – Binaural Beats (Mother + Father) is my attempt at creating a binaural beat by taking the songs that I can recall via memory that my father and mother listened to during my childhood before I was able to choose the music that I wanted to listen to. I wanted to approach the idea of my physical self as my parents “binaural beat”. I chose songs and experimented with the frequency of the tones to induce a certain feeling within my own body in reference to both of my parents and their narratives. MOVEMENT III-Sanctuary Performances features performances by four Philadelphia-based Black women who I personally recorded using my binaural in-ear mics within the Sanctuary. I feel that these women are a representation of how music of the African Diaspora has manifested within the birthplace of America. My intent is that visitors listen to these recorded performances and experience the feeling of being present in the space of where the sounds were recorded.

Artist bio:
Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist. Themes explored in McClodden’s films have been social change, social realism, re-memory, and more recently, biomythography. She has produced, written, and directed a range of films including her award-winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait roots.|&|rigor., featuring Philadelphia-based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. She also recently debuted the exhibition of the first part of her upcoming four-part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions.

tionam:

Check me out online where I’ll be dropping excerpts of #TheChills on www.soundcloud.com/tiona-m #blackexcellence #binauralrecordings

tionam:

THE CHILLS, 2014
by Tiona McClodden

Viewing: Listening station and installation available during all gallery hours, except during performances.

SANCTUARY (at The Rotunda) |4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Available to LISTEN on October 10-12, 2014

Statement:
As a filmmaker, I am geared towards working strictly with moving images. During this sound residency I wanted to strip myself of my usual visual leanings, and immerse myself with sound and examine my relationship to music of the African Diaspora, with a focus on my family’s relationship to music from 1930 to present day. I created a series of binaural sound recordings using small mics located within my ears, in order to achieve an immersive surround sound. The goal was to explore my body’s response to specific sounds or musical compositions, or autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), described as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the body or “the chills”. Being that the Sanctuary is First Church of Christ Scientist, my intent was to approach my relationship to sound as a scientist.

Binaural recordings were my entry point into the science of how one listens. The binaural mics also allowed me to monitor my recording as I recorded various music genres within the Sanctuary, creating a meta experience of hearing . I also recorded Philadelphia-based members of the Black American community to sing songs from the genres of Negro Spirituals, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Orisha music, encouraging them to produce the “beat” of the music by utilizing only their bodies and/or the fixtures within the Sanctuary itself. I’m interested in exploring how sound plays a part in how memory is constructed and recalled within the body. I also recorded, replayed, and edited the “sweet spots” of songs that personally give me “the chills” in each genre above to play within the final installation.

I have installed the final recordings and sound experiments from the residency on a set of pews located within the Sanctuary. MOVEMENT I – Sweet Spots is a long form edit of 1,000 songs that I have edited to highlight what i like to refer to as the “sweet spots” of song that give me the chills. MOVEMENT II – Binaural Beats (Mother + Father) is my attempt at creating a binaural beat by taking the songs that I can recall via memory that my father and mother listened to during my childhood before I was able to choose the music that I wanted to listen to. I wanted to approach the idea of my physical self as my parents “binaural beat”. I chose songs and experimented with the frequency of the tones to induce a certain feeling within my own body in reference to both of my parents and their narratives. MOVEMENT III-Sanctuary Performances features performances by four Philadelphia-based Black women who I personally recorded using my binaural in-ear mics within the Sanctuary. I feel that these women are a representation of how music of the African Diaspora has manifested within the birthplace of America. My intent is that visitors listen to these recorded performances and experience the feeling of being present in the space of where the sounds were recorded.

Artist bio:
Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist. Themes explored in McClodden’s films have been social change, social realism, re-memory, and more recently, biomythography. She has produced, written, and directed a range of films including her award-winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait roots.|&|rigor., featuring Philadelphia-based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. She also recently debuted the exhibition of the first part of her upcoming four-part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions.

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​I will be presenting some sound based experiments and recordings that were produced during my recent sound residency. Tomorrow is the opening night of the exhibition SANCTUARY: Showings and Performances - FREE EVENTwhich will take place Oct 10-12, 2014. The MOVEMENT III pew (I have four) is dedicated to four incredible Philadelphia based Black women who allowed me to record them with some special headphone that allowed me hear myself to listen while listening(meta madness!). These women are a representation of how music of the African Diaspora has manifested within Black women who reside in the birthplace of America-Philadelphia, PA.

My participants- Adachi sang World Music in Spanish, Adesola played Punk Rock drum pattern for me in her home, Lela sang a lovely Oriki for Osun (Oshun, Ochun, Oxum) in Yoruba, and Shauna blew me away with a rendition of Four Women by Nina Simone sang in the genres of Folk, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Field Holler-yes ALL OF THEM!

Please join me tomorrow night as I present to you all ‪#‎TheChills‬

SANCTUARY (at The Rotunda) |4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Available to LISTEN on October 10-12, 2014

THE CHILLS by Tiona McClodden

 MOVEMENT I – Sweet Spots

 MOVEMENT II – Binaural Beats (Mother + Father)

 MOVEMENT III-Sanctuary Performances

Featuring recorded performances by,

 Adesola Ogunleye (Punk Rock)

playing relax + drum patterns

 Adachi Pimentel (World, Spanish Language)

singing Clandestino by Manu Chao

 Lela Aisha Jones (Orisa Tradition of Yorubaland)

singing Oriki for Osun (Oshun, Ochun, Oxum)

Shauna L. Howard (Folk, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Field Holler)

singing Four Women by Nina Simone

***feel free to bring your own headphones to unlock the bonus tracks.

 Friday, October 10: 5pm to 10pm  (*THE CHILLS will be available to listen from 5 - 7pm)

Saturday, October 11 + Sunday, October 12: Noon to 10pm  (*THE CHILLS will be available to listen from 12pm-7pm)


​​see you there!

Tiona

#TheChills

The HGM Black Queer + Women + Trans Artist Booking & Management Program’s mission is to support emerging and established Black Queer, Women, + Trans artists working across a range of visual art and media platforms. HGM will work exclusively with artists whose work examine, explore, and critique issues at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. HGM provides booking and management services at a reduced rate for a one year contract cycle for the artist while also teaching key booking and management skills to strengthen the sustainability of the artist during their career.

2014-2015 HGM-QBWTArtist

Ash Tai (Performance Artist/Writer)

Akwaeke Zara Emezi (Writer/Filmmaker)

King Texas (Photographer/Director)

Lorna Williams (Visual Artist/Sculptor)

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OPEN CALL

I’m looking for at least 10 more members of the African-American community in Philadelphia to participate in my upcoming exhibition, The Chills, 2014 for my SANCTUARY residency. To participate, you must be willing to sing or perform a song of your choosing as well as agree to a follow-up interview about your personal relationship with music and/or the selected song. 

You do not have to be a professional singer but you must have a strong feeling about the music you relate to. I will travel to you and will be recording

Each participant will receive a copy of their recording session as well as a program listing their name as a participant within the work.

GENRES to choose from….

 Negro Spirituals, Classical, Country, Gospel Music, R&B + Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Orisha music, Punk Rock, House

Please contact Tiona at harrietsgun@gmail.com if you or anyone you may know would be interested in being a part of the project/exhibition.

The exhibition of the work will take place during SANCTUARY (Residency group artist exhibition) supported by The Knight Foundation.  October 10-12, 2014 At The ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

 

 

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we seemed to be unanimously elected…
Bethany Collins, Oasa Duverney, Kenya (Robinson), Lorna Williams
September 7 - October 12, 2014
opening reception, Sunday, September 7th, 6 - 8 pm
“I believe in listening to a person, the sea, the wind, the trees, but especially to young black women whose rocky road I am still traveling.” Alice Walker
When Alice Walker published her book of essays entitled In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens in 1983, she sought to answer questions about where African-American women stood in the feminist conversation. Thirty years later after the identity politics of the 90s and the post-black, post-racial aughts, we find ourselves with those questions still unanswered.  we seemed to be unanimously elected to pick up where white women left off is a sentiment from those early essays on Black feminism that encapsulates the parenthetical addition of non-white and working class women to the feminist movement. This exhibition presents four artists working in very different media addressing what it is to be an African-American woman in 21st century America. (more)
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 - 6 pm and by appointment. For more information about this and other exhibitions, please contact Anastasiya Shelest at info@cindyruckergallery.com.

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My short film “Bumming Cigarettes” has just been awarded a 2014 PIFVA Finishing Fund Grant Award!!! Background: I completed the production and premiered Bumming Cigarettes summer of 2012. This past March 2014 the CDC published a report on the first known medical case of the transmission of HIV between two women in their 40s that occurred in August 2012 in Houston, TX. The infected partner had been on treatment for H.I.V. from early 2009 to late 2010 but had stopped taking the drugs and the women engaged in unprotected sex leading to one of the women becoming infected with the virus. When I was on the road for the past two years at film fests and screenings speaking about my film  during Q&A’s I constantly had to defend the notion that this was a far fetch idea for a woman to contract HIV from another woman intimately. I had personally heard of stories of lesbian and queer women who had acquired HIV from their partners, but without medical validity these cases remained as myths. With this recent announcement I now have a chance to not only engage the medical community, but also push for the use of the film to encourage dialogue around the issue. I also now can align the film’s narrative with facts that could aid in the advocacy for more targeted testing in a community that I greatly care about via the distribution of the short film online and via special edition DVD in early 2015.

#HGM2014

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kingtexas:

W A I T Exhibition Opening at Project 4 on May 17th in Washington, DC: featuring works by E. JanechukwumaaTiona McClodden, and Larry Cook and sound sets by Exaktly + chukwumaa 

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