Jonkonnu / Gens inconnus
3x 3min. video sequences with sound, oculus rift, headphones, wooden structure
in collaboration with the Carlton Walters Jonkonnu Band (St Mary, Jamaica)
2014-15

“You do not stand in one place to watch a masquerade”-An Igbo saying

A cube-shaped pine box with decorative engravings atop a wooden structure houses an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in which the viewer interacts with a three screen video installation of traditional Jamaica Carnival ‘Jonkonnu’ performers. As the viewer puts on the Rift, she / he enters a 3D space in which the audio-visual sequences reveal snippets of the performance from both sides of the mask by proxy of a GoPro head mounted camera worn by the band members.

Across the Caribbean, Jonkonnu was a festival created by the enslaved themselves; as a gesture of resistance. Although the more traditional forms are slowly dying, the power of Jonkonnu remains, albeit Jamaica’s current economic hardship.

“ The story must be told. There must be no lies” (Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Women-Native-Other)

click here for the work-in-progress sketch-book / blog

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I refer to ‘The Enclave’ (2013); Irish artist Richard Mosse’s 6 screen video installation with sound by Ben Frost.

I refer to Jamaican scholar Stuart Hall’s delineation of post-colonial identity, which he sees “as a ‘production’, which is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside, representation.”

I refer to Barbadian writer Kamau Brathwaite’s ‘tidalectics’; an “alter-native historiography to linear models of colonial progress”.

‘Jonkonnu / Gens inconnus’ makes a relational notion of ‘otherness’ available, activated through the viewer’s interaction with the work. The deconstruction and reconstruction of identities will be suggested but not consumed.

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