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To Be Real

To Be Real is a multimedia exhibition that meditates on the contemporary magic and radical future of artificial intelligence. The conceptual center of To Be Real is Newsome’s ‘child,’ the cloud-based, A.I. creation Being (2019). Being’s mind has been populated with the works of radical authors, revolutionaries, and theorists including Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, bell hooks, and Janet Mock, and will be further influenced by interactions with audiences. Being explores their own existence and the state of the world into which it has been ‘born,’ and confronts the reality that they are not free.

Being’s body is represented in the exhibition by a humanoid figurative sculpture – non-racial, non-binary, and comprised of materials traditional and futuristic. The sculptural collage of the body is echoed in To Be Real by new analog collages by Newsome that further explore the nature of identity. With candy-coated frames and non-binary bodies traversing multiple planes, these collages speak to the layering of identity, performance and consumption. These works function in tandem with Being, alluding to the same tension of subjective freedom.

To Be Real is part of Black Magic, a project in three parts that reflects on blackness, gender, and futurity. Black Magic includes a performance of FIVE, a generative multilayered work that sequentially incorporates choreography, performance, video, digital and two-dimensional drawing, and sculpture, and The Champion Ball, which will showcase local artists performing in a traditional vogue ballroom competition. Black Magic is offered in partnership with New York Live Arts.

To Be Real and other Black Magic events by are commissioned by New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency Program in collaboration with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, with generous support from The William Penn Foundation. Additional support for To Be Real is provided by De Buck Gallery and the LACMA Art + Tech Lab.

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Date

Sep 12 - Nov 30, 2019

Contact

info@philaphotoarts.org

Photos

Installation view of To Be Real

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia

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Installation view of To Be Real

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia

Artworks

Rashaad Newsome > <

The Art of Immortality 4

The Art of Immortality 3

The Art of Immortality 2

It Do Take Nerve 2

It Do Take Nerve 1

Constellation

Kofi

Lift Off

S&M

Twirl

Ansista

Being

Akosua

Through The Looking Glass

Look Back At It

#1stPlace

Rashaad Newsome > <

The Art of Immortality 4

The Art of Immortality 3

The Art of Immortality 2

It Do Take Nerve 2

It Do Take Nerve 1

Constellation

Kofi

Lift Off

S&M

Twirl

Ansista

Being

Akosua

Through The Looking Glass

Look Back At It

#1stPlace

Artists

Rashaad Newsome

New Orleans