“I realised I had a need to be still, to make a practice of that, make a ritual of stillness,” says artist and founding member of Black Obsidian Sound System Evan Ifekoya, discussing their multifaceted work and the ritual practices they engage with. Talking with associate editor Jared Davis about contemporary challenges to rationalism in an age of data on AQNB’s special Reversal Agents podcast for Rewire festival, this discussion first broadcast via the festival on May 8 is now available to stream.
Jared talks with Evan on topics spanning astrology, digital mediation, and music’s relation to mysticism, as explored in exhibitions such Ritual without Belief at London’s Gasworks, and their work for the major group show Transformer: a Rebirth of Wonder exhibition at London’s 180 The Strand in 2019.
This is followed by Night Science (Deep Tissue mix) by Most Dismal Swamp, a London based interdisciplinary art project and curatorial platform producing exhibitions, online events and music releases. We invited Most Dismal Swamp to contribute a mix on the theme of mysticism and technology, being interested in the way the platform speculates on weirding and reality in our online age.
Ritual Technology is the third in our Reversal Agents podcast for Rewire, which examines notions of the past and the future, human agency and healing, in music, art and culture right now. Further episodes feature Jack Halberstam, Zach Blas, Every Ocean Hughes and Clay AD. The four-episode special edition series is an extension of our ongoing Artist Statement podcast, available bi-monthly via our Patreon at www.patreon.com/aqnb.**