Sensoria: a zine by mayfield brooks and duskin drum
June 9, 2022
Sensoria is a zine by mayfield brooks made in collaboration with designer and contributing writer, duskin drum. This zine is a companion piece to mayfield brook’s live performance Sensoria: An Opera Strange (June 9-11), presented by Danspace Project as part of Platform 2022: The Dream of the Audience (Part II).
mayfield brooks is a performer, artist, urban farmer, and originator of the interdisciplinary movement project, Improvising While Black. Sensoria: An Opera Strange is a continuation of brooks’ Whale Fall Cycle – a series of written, digital and live provocations based on a whale’s decomposition process when its body falls to the ocean floor and feeds thousands of sea creatures, the first of which was a Bessie Award nominated film entitled Whale Fall.
Sensoria: An Opera Strange is an invitation into different auditory fields inspired by whale songs, laments, acoustic uprisings, and revolutionary chants. “Questions emerging from this stage of the Whale Fall Cycle are: ‘Who am I feeding?,’ ‘How am I listening?,’ and ‘What ghosts am I dancing with?,’” writes brooks. “When the continual hum of extraction dominates the auditory field, how does one attune to the ancestor’s whisper, and feed the hungry disembodied ghosts of our time?”
This zine is dedicated to Indira Suganda (1965-2009).
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