Mmabatho Thobejane: The Darkness That Rests on Black Nothingness

The Dadaists wove poetry, art and sound together, using a unique language that could be understood as feeling activated by the energy and melodic flow of voices. The poem becomes the format for the Aural Exhibition, The Darkness That Rests on Black Nothingness, curated by Mmabatho Thobejane who is inspired by the words of Dionne Brand and the images of David Hammons. Mmabatho Thobejane is a Stockholm-based curator dedicated to creating spaces for music and sound, merging them together as a form of resistance. Listen to The Darkness That Rests on Black Nothingness here:

This listening is accompanied by a reference list that inspired this exhibition-poem.

Adusei-Poku, Nana. “On Being Present Where You Wish to Disappear E-Flux Journal, no. 80, March 2017.
Alagraa, Bedour. “The Interminable Catastrophe.” 1 March 2021.
Alagraa, Bedour, and Sylvia Wynter. “What Will Be The Cure?: A Conversation With Sylvia Wynter,” 7 January 2021, .
Brand, Dionne. “2021 Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture: ‘What We Saw. What We Made. When We Emerge” 11 March 2021.
Garuba, Harry. “On Animism, Modernity/Colonialism, and the African Order of Knowledge: Provisional Reflections. E-Flux Journal, no. 36, July 2012.
Oyoun. “Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(Ese) Ceremony,” 2021.
Wynter, Sylvia. “Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation–An Argument CR: The New Centennial Review, vol. 3, no. 3, 2003: pp 257–337.