This is a call for stories related to systemic racism in the United States.
Our Current Project
The piece we are currently working on is titled "A Call for Justice''. This piece is an oral history performance project gathering narratives around racial injustices, the Black Lives Matter Movement, sentiments about what can be done from here, or simply anything else that one might feel is important to communicate. The intention is to provide an interactive, multi-disciplinary hub for critical conversations happening right now around the systemic injustices within the United States.
The narratives, while currently in an oral archive on The CSCProject's website, will be edited down by April 2021 to create a 20-minute soundtrack from the various sound-bytes shared, becoming a "collage of stories'' to be overlapped onto an original sound-score, transforming into a soundscape for a physical performance piece. The full piece will be performed come June 2021 by a collection of BIPOC performance artists. It's a movement that uses the arts, collaborative creation, and the physical body as a delivery mechanism to transmit poignant oral narratives. The incentive behind it being a performance project is for the stories to be experienced in a collective space, versus that of a silo of a book or a podcast, cultivating the "Creative Commons''.
The CSCProject Zine Initiative:
All of The CSCProject performance initiatives are less about putting on a "show" and more about generating a conversation. The hope is that this conversation does not end with the presentation alone, but translates into long-term institutional, economic, policy, and infrastructural change. In an attempt to make the performance more immersive, we find non-invasive, tactile ways to connect with the audience through various props.
For the "Call for Justice" project, we will be publishing a small Zine with writers' works that reflects, provides commentary, and/or shares personal experiences in relation to racism, inequality, systemic injustice, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. We acknowledge that everyone receives, learns, and digests information and emotion differently, and so by creatively distributing this zine throughout the performance, we provide another medium through which more people might engage. The CSCProject believes the visual and physical medium of a zine will provide another access point to the dialogue, as well as diffuse the stereotypical relationship between spectator and performer. This gives people agency around the matters being discussed, as something will literally "be in their hands".
The Essence of The CSCProject:
The power of this project is rooted in the multidisciplinary collaboration that allows viewers to collectively witness poignant narratives. The project utilizes multiple disciplines to provide the unique opportunity to transcend typical divisions of class, race, gender, sexuality, able-bodiedness, and age. Through a range of mediums, The CSCProject recognizes the systemic injustices rife in today's world, and prioritizes uplifting the stories of marginalized communities. Because the pop-up performance will initially be held in Union Square, with no ticket sales, our intention is to engage with pedestrians to generate a spontaneous audience that is representative of the diversity of humanity.
We also believe shared catharsis and motives of social change precipitate from the magic of fables and fiction, as it is the land of make-believe that historically has the great ability to illicit imagery otherwise unseen. Spaces transformed by creative narrative have the immense propulsive power to stoke emotional connection in ways the rational mind has difficulty accessing.
In a delicate balance between provocative storytelling, creative imagery, somatic expression, and vocal narratives, The CSCproject creates a common ground for emotions, histories, and community challenges to be heard. We believe that the experience of witnessing and sharing these stories provides the generative, collaborative force that is the catalyst for collective change.
What Is This?
How it Works
The CSCProject's History:
I have been developing The CSCProject since 2013. This June marks the fifth performance under this initiative. The energy I have devoted to The CSCProject these past 8 years has filled my proverbial cup: creating space for voices to be heard and narratives to be embodied, a testament to my artistic investment and dedication. Now that this foundation has been built, it has the potential to influence institutions, schools, governmental organizations, and be utilized as a creative communication tool across diverse communities.