Deep Space 8K: Rashaad Newsome – Being

He lives and works between Brooklyn and Oakland and his work blends several practices, including collage, assemblage, sculpture, film, video, animation, photography, music, computer programming, software engineering, community organizing, and performance, to create a divergent field that rejects classification. He pulls from the world of advertising, the internet, art history, Black and Queer culture to product a counter-hegemonic work that walks between social practice, abstraction and intersectionality.

Being (2022) is a nonbinary, non-race AI created by combining animation game engines, scripted responses, generative grammars and unique machine-learning models. It plays multiple roles, leading participatory workshops that teach decolonization, and in the evenings, it explores the evolution of vogue drawing parallels between dance and Black American Queer experience.

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