Belgian première of Vincent Meessen’s Ultramarine and concert of Kain the Poet during Courtisane Festival 2019
Courtisane Festival 2019
Film festival with Vincent Meessen
Screening Ultramarine on 6 April 2019 at 20:00h
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.