Lecture-Performance: Mandy Harris Williams

#BrownUpYourFeed lecture and performance by artist Mandy Harris Williams.


Nov4
7:00 pm
2021-11-04 19:00:00 2021-11-04 19:00:00 Lecture-Performance: Mandy Harris Williams

Mandy Harris Williams will present a lecture-performance that draws from her ongoing #BrownUpYourFeed project, which examines how algorithms on digital platforms parse and classify content by producers of color. This iteration will address the hyper-visualization of music, focusing on the extraction of musical traditions from West African sonic histories which are often co-opted by lighter skinned or white artists.

The increased access to music and musical artists on social media — and the immediacy of access via streaming networks that use algorithms to bring new artists into our purview — has created a digital divide for Black music and Black musical artists. Who gets their share, who gets celebrated, and who profits has long been subject to racialized hierarchies. With digital media reaching viewers further and faster now than previously possible, the extraction of Black music traditions — especially where darker skinned people are concerned — is more common than ever.

Mandy Harris Williams is a theorist, multimedia conceptual artist, writer, educator, radio host and internet/community academic. She is from New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles. Raised between the Upper West Side and Harlem, Mandy's work focuses on the tensions that unfold between 96th street and 125th. Privilege, dis privilege, and back again in 15 minutes churning underground. Mandy's work seeks to get everybody the love that they deserve.  She focuses on desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force. She graduated from Harvard, having studied the History of the African Diaspora, as well as the mass incarceration crisis, and other contemporary black issues. She received her MA in Urban Education and worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years in low income communities. She integrates a holistic and didactic style in to her current creative practice.  Her creative work has been presented at Paula Cooper Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Art + Practice,  Navel, Knockdown Center and Women's Center for Creative Work to name a few. She has a monthly radio show, the #BrownUpYourFeed Radio Hour, on NTS. She has contributed writing work to Dazed Magazine, MEL magazine, ForHarriet, and The Grio and is a frequent radio and podcast guest. 
https://www.mandyharriswilliams.com/

Portrait by Courtney Sofiah Yates

America/Los_Angeles public
Event Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Mandy Harris Williams will present a lecture-performance that draws from her ongoing #BrownUpYourFeed project, which examines how algorithms on digital platforms parse and classify content by producers of color. This iteration will address the hyper-visualization of music, focusing on the extraction of musical traditions from West African sonic histories which are often co-opted by lighter skinned or white artists.

The increased access to music and musical artists on social media — and the immediacy of access via streaming networks that use algorithms to bring new artists into our purview — has created a digital divide for Black music and Black musical artists. Who gets their share, who gets celebrated, and who profits has long been subject to racialized hierarchies. With digital media reaching viewers further and faster now than previously possible, the extraction of Black music traditions — especially where darker skinned people are concerned — is more common than ever.

Mandy Harris Williams is a theorist, multimedia conceptual artist, writer, educator, radio host and internet/community academic. She is from New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles. Raised between the Upper West Side and Harlem, Mandy's work focuses on the tensions that unfold between 96th street and 125th. Privilege, dis privilege, and back again in 15 minutes churning underground. Mandy's work seeks to get everybody the love that they deserve.  She focuses on desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force. She graduated from Harvard, having studied the History of the African Diaspora, as well as the mass incarceration crisis, and other contemporary black issues. She received her MA in Urban Education and worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years in low income communities. She integrates a holistic and didactic style in to her current creative practice.  Her creative work has been presented at Paula Cooper Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Art + Practice,  Navel, Knockdown Center and Women's Center for Creative Work to name a few. She has a monthly radio show, the #BrownUpYourFeed Radio Hour, on NTS. She has contributed writing work to Dazed Magazine, MEL magazine, ForHarriet, and The Grio and is a frequent radio and podcast guest. 
https://www.mandyharriswilliams.com/

Portrait by Courtney Sofiah Yates

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