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May 1, 2017
Defying Gravity 
and Atmospheric Pressure
(A Performance)
From Executive Director Eyenga Bokamba

Intermedia Arts Breakfast Fundraiser - A Performance by Eyenga Bokamba from Intermedia Arts on Vimeo.

I went into the future and asked the cosmos, what shall I give them?

and the cosmos answered, Give them a table, a place to land in this vast universe.  The rings of saturn for a top.  Create the table. Give them space to write and talk and breathe.  Give them the table.

So I stand here before you with the rings of saturn, an offering from the cosmos

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 

I live in color

Is this where you live?

Monochromatic reds and blue colliding in time and space/racing to 

conjure purple grace — 

racing to help us all save face —

I live in color.  Is this where you live?

 

Or do you live in movement?

Rib isolation, toe trifecta, body perfected lore

plié here, a plié there, tumultuous freedom -

Merce Cunningham would be so proud

 

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 

You live in movement and others live in sound.

What is the sound of your ascension? A clanging of bells? The chant of the 

saxophone living, breathing air/space/time?  Generations of artistry come to you/

come through you

 

Or do you live in film? Compositions of sunsets

blue hues speaking red streaks of geese finally flying north?

 

Or do you live in the power of the poetic? — perfectly placed pleasantries riffing off 

tripping syllables of conquest or just plain jest?

 

Where do you live?

What’s your practice, your frame of reference? Where is your community?

How do you orient yourself on this sacred journey called creativity?

 

Are you horrified by the present tense ~

gridlocked by mental gymnastics about truth and half truth and quarter truths 

— a price tag on the Earth’s very head, 

a price tag on every scrap of greenery, 

every blade of grass for sale, every drop of oil, every pebble, the very ocean floor - for sale?

 

 

 

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 

Are you disoriented by the pull of injustice so fierce/so large that all evildoing gets conflated into one single word?  Do you find yourself flinching gasping fighting your way through phobic air

homophobic

Islamophobic

Xenophobic

Anti-Indigenous

 

The invitation to the dream rescinded, reneged upon, 

repackaged as policy, starched with the bleach of white-washed history.  

 

The pull of gravity, the scientific fact of this destructive weight upon us

Causing friction, triggering reaction, implosions of confidence, a stasis born of fear, a flux state

 

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 

We must resist the gravitational pull of apathy, disconnectedness, assumptions, fear-mongering, and hatred.

We must invest in the technology of social transformation and the modality of movement

We must use the weight of this grief to catalyze a seismic shift/a tectonic plate shift

A rupture of the space/time continuum so that we know 

 

backwards is not forwards

down is not up

lies are not truth

fake is not real

 

Our reel is real/our real is creation

Our reel is perpetual creative motion

forward/inward/upward

Propelling ourselves to new heights of 

acceptance 

understanding 

trust

collaboration

Inspiration our Aspiration mixed with perspiration mixed with inspiration

 

Our efforts a collective resistance

Our might a powerful tool to launch our dreams and speak truth to power.

 

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 

 

We will dance!

We will move!

We will love!

We will create!

We will speak!

 

 

Above all, we will keep our eyes in the stars.  Our relatives are there.  In the dust of ages.  In the rings of Saturn.

 

What will propel us up is a new breed of thinking & working across the boundaries of form 

function

location

discipline

department

organization

sector

 

Cross pollination a form of fuel for the journey

Collaboration a type of tool 

 

Our intercultural agility a dependable skill for the launch

 

Our tolerance for ambiguity allowing us to breathe in this era of dichotomous rage

 

come

come to the table

sit at the table

look at each other, and plan your wildest boldest plan

dream your biggest dream

GO AHEAD

the universe can handle your pain 

the universe can handle your idea

these rings a tabletop for your dreaming 

come

 
 

Written on the occasion of the 

Art.Changes.Everything Fundraising Breakfast

 by Eyenga Bokamba

April 26, 2017