Jasiri X

Activist and artist Jasiri X will be a featured anchor artist of the 2019 festival, sharing his music
as well as his views on hip-hop, race, privilege, and politics. Jasiri’s music, including the acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) is recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement, and his views have been welcomed at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, and Stanford, among others. Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016.

Jasiri X, founder and chief executive officer of 1Hood Media, is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like ‘Justice For Trayvon’ and ‘Strange Fruit (Class of 2013)’, which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100, and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group 1Hood as well as the 1Hood Media Academy, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song ‘Free The Jena 6’ and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship, and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.

https://www.1hood.org

Jasiri X

Musical Performance and Artist Talk

Thu 07 Nov 2019
5:30 Reception, CFA Great Hall
6:30 Artist Talk, CFA Kresge Theatre
Jasiri X

Activist and artist Jasiri X will be a featured anchor artist of the 2019 festival, sharing his music
as well as his views on hip-hop, race, privilege, and politics. Jasiri’s music, including the acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) is recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement, and his views have been welcomed at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, and Stanford, among others. Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016.

Jasiri X, founder and chief executive officer of 1Hood Media, is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like ‘Justice For Trayvon’ and ‘Strange Fruit (Class of 2013)’, which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100, and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group 1Hood as well as the 1Hood Media Academy, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song ‘Free The Jena 6’ and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship, and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.

https://www.1hood.org

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SPIKE WOLFF

Curator, Artistic and Executive Director

https://soa.cmu.edu/spike-wolff

lwolff [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu

Spike Wolff is Special Faculty in the College of Fine Arts and School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her work as Artistic and Executive Director of the wats:ON Festival, Spike is Curator of the School of Architecture Lecture Series and has curated exhibitions for the Miller Gallery on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Spike assumed directorship of the wats:ON Festival in 2010 and has been instrumental in its revitalization, bringing an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists and their work to Carnegie Mellon. Spike’s work and interests are interdisciplinary in nature. Recent design projects include ‘Shadow’ an installation for the Mattress Factory Museum, ‘The Hurricane’ a temporary jazz club for the Hill House of Pittsburgh, and exhibition design for ‘Contrarreloj, Felix de la Concha’ at the Frick Art Museum. Spike holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
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EDDY MAN KIM

Associate Curator Emeritus

https://soa.cmu.edu/eddy-mankim

eddymankim [at] cmu [dot] edu

Eddy Man Kim is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as a Co-director of the Computational & Tangible Interaction Design Laboratory (CoDe Lab). Eddy Man is a designer, researcher, educator, and entrepreneur who was awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship to join Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the academic year of 2014/2015. A technologist and futurist at heart, Eddy Man is interested in interdisciplinary efforts to mutually augment design and technology—especially as they relate to current trends in web technology. Eddy Man is also one of the founding members of openUU, a design research agency based in Hong Kong. While holding the position of Technical Director, Eddy Man marketed for, managed, and delivered openUU projects that won four Best-of-Year Awards by Interior Design magazine and the 40-under-40 Award by Perspective Global magazine. While managing his practice in Hong Kong, Eddy Man taught graduate students at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture as a visiting design studio instructor and design workshops for Hong Kong Interior Design Association. Eddy Man received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning and obtained his Master in Design Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with a concentration in Design Technology. Upon completion of his Masters thesis, Sandbox3D: Web App for Real-time Design Collaboration, he was awarded the Digital Design Prize for _“the most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions.”_ Eddy Man has worked in the offices of POSCO A&C of Seoul, South Korea; Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City; EPIPHYTE Lab of Ithaca, New York.
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GOLAN LEVIN

Curator Emeritus

https://www.cmu.edu/cas/people/levin_golan.html

golan [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu

Golan Levin develops artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia. Levin’s work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, the Neuberger Museum, and The Whitney Biennial, all in New York; Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; The InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan; and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, among other venues. Levin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studied with John Maeda in the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Between degrees, he worked for four years as an interaction designer and research scientist at Interval Research Corporation. Presently Levin is Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University.