ON THE WAY TO THE MOON, WE DISCOVERED THE EARTH

Digital Video, Stereo Sound (09:49 Minute Video Loop)

2012 

*Video generated from archive of New York Times during NYC Blackout in November 1977. Sound is synthetic needle touching vinyl. This work connects the NYC Blackout with the alleged birth of hip-hop––a subculture which emerged from an socio-political and economic rupture in New York City's infrastructural fabric.

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GO-RILLA MEANS WAR

 Writer, Editor, Research, Voiceover, 19'03" minutes with credits, 35mm Film Salvaged from former Black Civil Rights Theater Transferred to 2K, Stereo Sound

2017

Go-Rilla Means War is a 35mm film salvaged from a now demolished Black Civil Rights Theater in Brooklyn. The installation for Go-Rilla Means War included a video projection, overhead projector with an excerpted archival interview about community, and 5 large, double-sided banners which hung from the ceiling. The banners included archival images

from a coloring book intended for children to share positive remarks about restoring the neighborhood.

GO-RILLA MEANS WAR

Writer, Editor, Research, Voiceover, 19'03" minutes with credits, 35mm Film Salvaged from former Black Civil Rights Theater Transferred to 2K, Stereo Sound, 2017

Restoration inevitably contributed to Bed-Stuy being one of the fastest gentrifying cities today, still displacing many people of color. Sites such as the theater were not deemed worthy of historical preservation. I have collaborated with the unknown filmmaker to complete the film with sound, a voiceover, and credits. The film is a double-narrative, and a time-based relic of gentrification.

NOTES FROM BLACK WALL STREET (I AIN'T SORRY)

Digital Video Loop (2'00" minutes), 2000 copies of report from Tulsa Race Riot Commission for audience

to take, 21 paintings over archival photographs, 2 vinyl banners, Digital Video, Monitor, Stereo Sound, Vinyl, Paint, Xerox copies, Lights, Mixed-Media on Archival Photo, Paper, Two Conjoined Rooms: 30x12 ft and 8x10 ft

2018

Notes from Black Wall Street is an ongoing series of paintings over archival images of Black Wall Street, also known as Greenwood, that was firebombed during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Each work in this series is a mini-monument to a community that rebuilt, but was again dispersed with urban renewal.

NOTES FROM BLACK WALL STREET (I AIN'T SORRY)

Digital Video Loop (2'00" minutes), 2000 copies of report from Tulsa Race Riot Commission for audience

to take, 21 paintings over archival photographs, 2 vinyl banners, Digital Video, Monitor, Stereo Sound, Vinyl, Paint, Xerox copies, Lights, Mixed-Media on Archival Photo, Paper, Two Conjoined Rooms: 30x12 ft and 8x10 ft

2018

This installation included video and a 40-page report from the Tulsa Race Riot Commission available for viewers to take away.

MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND (***More info at end of page)

Site-Specific Installation consisting of Five Dual-Sided Banners (ranging from 2ft x 15-30ft long each), Paint, Three Digital Looping Videos, Three Projectors, Speakers with Looping Stereo Sound, Wood, Drywall

Dimensions Variable

2018

MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND (***More info at end of page)

Site-Specific Installation consisting of Five Dual-Sided Banners (ranging from 2ft x 15-30ft long each), Paint, Three Digital Looping Videos, Three Projectors, Speakers with Looping Stereo Sound, Wood, Drywall

Dimensions Variable

2018

MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND (***More info at end of page)

Site-Specific Installation consisting of Five Dual-Sided Banners (ranging from 2ft x 15-30ft long each), Paint, Three Digital Looping Videos, Three Projectors, Speakers with Looping Stereo Sound, Wood, Drywall

Dimensions Variable

2018

SEARCHER

Public Light Meditation Commemorating Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Juneteenth at the John

Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, OK

Searchlight, Generator

Dimensions Variable, Towards the Moon

2016 and 2017

SEARCHER

Public Light Meditation Commemorating Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Juneteenth at the John

Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, OK

Searchlight, Generator

Dimensions Variable, Towards the Moon

2016, 2017 in Tulsa, and 2019 in Den Haag, Netherlands

SEARCHER

Public Light Meditation Commemorating Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Juneteenth at the John

Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, OK

Searchlight, Generator

Dimensions Variable, Towards the Moon

2016, 2017 in Tulsa, and 2019 in Den Haag, Netherlands

Historically, searchlights were used in war to signal allies or enemies by creating 'artificial moonlight.' Subverting this function, Crystal Z Campbell initially conceived of Searcher as a public light meditation bridging two historical events: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Juneteenth. While the experimemntal  musician Sun Ra dodged military service, he often ruminated on reaching a utopia guided by light, be it a North Star, sun, or another branch of the cosmos. In this installation, light functions like a portal through both space and time. Searcher considers the role of light as a defense tactic, ephemeral monument, portal, and replica of one of our greatest sources of light: the moon.
 

MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND

Site-Specific Installation consisting of Five Dual-Sided Banners, Paint, Three Digital Looping Videos, Three Projectors, Speakers with Looping Stereo Sound, Wood, Drywall

Variable Size

2018

Model Citizen: Here I Stand fictionalizes the complex narrative of polymath activist, actor, artist, singer, author, and athlete, Paul Robeson. Model Citizen: Here I Stand interrogates the politics of representation, perception, and witnessing to consider intersections of figure drawing, gaze, spatial politics, capture, and stillness as a form of resistance. 

The work features a live performance drawing from archival photos of Paul Robeson that intsersect with figure drawing as institutional surveillance, and the land of  Black Wall Street in Tulsa, aka Greenwood,  on which this performance took place. Greenwood was a predominantly black and very affluent community, which was firebombed in 1921. Tulsa was filled with silences about this history, and the work connects the silencing of Robeson to the muted histories of Greenwood through abstraction.  

There are five banners (ranging from 15-30 feet in length, but all are two feet wide). The banners are double-sided, one side of the quilts feature combinations of archival photos of Paul Robeson with unique and appropriated quilt images. The other side of the banners feature the following five statements:

 

THIS IS NOT A MONUMENT.

THIS IS NOT EQUITY.

THIS IS NOT ORIGINAL.

THIS IS NOT AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT.

THIS IS NOT UNDONE.

ON THE WAY TO THE MOON, WE DISCOVERED THE EARTH

Digital Video, Stereo Sound (09:49 Minute Video Loop),

2012 

*Video generated from archive of New York Times during NYC Blackout in November 1977.

 

On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth is a historical remix of the New York Times newspaper printed during the New York City Blackout in 1977. Considering the '77 Blackout as the event permitting hip-hop's formal birth in which hip-hop artists looted equipment required to master and distribute at larger scale, the sound features modifications of a synthetic needle on vinyl.