From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement to Hip Hop, Black culture has a history of interdisciplinary arts movements. Today’s contribution to this tradition is magnified and expanded by the ease of connecting. Access to the entire world is always just a few clicks away. Today’s artistic movement emerges from the near ubiquity of global Hip Hop culture, and maintains many of Hip Hop’s aesthetic traits and political stances. Yet, in 2013, the cultural production of previous decades is filtered through a complex milieu of global traditions, nostalgia and futurist dreams, all in an age of intercontinental connectivity.
eMERGING is a curatorial experiment that places visual art and music side by side, and explores an array of artistic expressions that define this unique emerging merging of cultures and art forms.