Lamin Fofana - Black Metamorphosis
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Steeped in afro-futurist aesthetic, this is the first part in the hyper-conceptual trilogy by global drone and noise artist Lamin Fofana. Not getting a digital release and only 100 copies world wide, we're getting a handful direct from Berlin. He stunned Folkestone at 2019's Profound Sound festival with an immersive assault of drone and sound collage, and we're so so excited to have the coming!
From Lamin himself:
The West is an insane asylum, a conscious and premeditated receptacle of black magic. – Fred Moten
Black Metamorphosis is the first installment in a trilogy inspired in part by Sylvia Wynter’s unpublished manuscript of the same title written in the 1970s. I spent most of the last 3 years working on this trilogy, and it has been eventful personally and in my approach to sound. It’s about the complicated process of understanding each other, but also desiring to accelerate the breaking of the world so we can move beyond the constraints of our time and dream up new sets of relationships. – Lamin Fofana
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For populations living within a local cultural conception, its goal is to embody and become the idealized Self. This is the cultural definition of success. For populations outside a local cultural conception, it will be judged based on its cultural approximation to the normative culture. Wynter argues that behavior is not shaped by biology, nature, or free will, instead actions occur within the paradigm of an idealized Self. Wynter labels this process sociogeny, after Frantz Fanon . . .
She contends that it is the liminal categories, the non idealized Self, which institute and promote a cultural transformation of what it means to be human. “The liminal categories . . . experience a structural contradiction between their lived experience and the grammar of representations which generate the mode of reality by prescribing the parameters of collective behaviors that dynamically bring that ‘reality’ into being. The liminal frame of reference can provide . . . the ‘outer view,’ from which perspective of the grammars of regularities of boundary and structure maintaining discourses are perceivable . . . .” Change from one paradigm to another paradigm will emerge from the liminal position. However, for any change to become truly revolutionary it must take a paradigmatic view of what it means to be human. The analysis should look at how these discourses are maintained and how it shapes behavior. Wynter’s transcultural view constitutes a new vision for the study of the Humanities, one that erases the “barrier between the natural sciences and the humanities, as the condition of making our ‘narratively constructed worlds and their orders of feeling and belief’ subject to ‘scientific description in a new way.” For Wynter, the impetus for a transcultural theory will have to emerge from Black Studies and other “New Studies” (ethnic and gender) because intellectuals who represent these ideas exemplify the liminal perspective. Wynter sees the importance of Black Studies as challenging the ontology of Man in the contemporary order as analogous to the confrontation made by lay humanist. The transformative potential ascribed to Black Studies is central to Wynter’s theory of the Human.
Excerpt from Black Metamorphosis: A Prelude to Sylvia Wynter's Theory of the Human by Derrick White - The CLR James Journal - Spring 2010