The community is invited to take a walk through Soulé Déesse's magical Afrolandscape, “Hermafrodek: A Suspension of Identity," an interactive environment in which mobile sculptures hanging from reclaimed Afro hair morph seamlessly into gender-fluid shapes.
Déesse, an artist whose work has been exhibited around the globe, describes the installation as a "sculptural exploration of surrealist gender-bending Afro-futurism." She developed Hermafrodek during a recent ATLAS B2 Creative Residency; the B2 Center for Arts Media and Performance/CMAP is an interdisciplinary and wildly experimental community located in the Roser ATLAS Center at CU Boulder.
This interactive exhibit, located in the ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, utilizes the highly specialized equipment available in B2, incorporating motion capture, projection mapping and Ambisonic sound technology to create an endlessly shifting soundspace which engages and captivates visitors.
For this project, Déesse's collaborators include ATLAS Affiliate Brad Gallagher as technical art director, Andy DiLallo as sound designer and technical support and staff member Gary McCrumb as lighting designer and audio engineer.
Déesse’s work has been exhibited in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, at institutions including the Katonah Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY; the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center in Asheville; Mahmoud Darwish Museum; Center for Global Justice; San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; Bogotá Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Galerie Nord Berlin, Germany; Greatmore Studios, Capetown, South Africa; Total Arts Gallery, Dubai and the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi.