Vincent Meessen’s Ultramarine is part of the International Competition, Unfolding the Past, of the Videoex Festival
28 & 31/05/2019
Videoex, 21st Edition
Experimental Film & Video Festival
8004 Zurich, Switzerland
Festival: 25/05 – 02/06/2019
Screening Ultramarine on 28/05/2019, 17:45h and 31/05/2019, 19:30h
Blue is the chromatic, historical and discursive filter through which a performance by African-American poet Kain unfolds. The famed precursor of hip-hop in the late ’60s delivers his “spoken word” as the Belgian percussionist Lander Gyselinck improvises to the flow of his utterances. Throughout the performance various museum objects — funeral figurines, automaton, astrolabe, mappa mundi, textiles —are juxtaposed to Kain’s own props. They invoke affective retrospections on exile and belonging, slave routes and colonial trade.