Long Play Liberation

Commissioned by Newham London for Newham’s Black History Month 2020 Celebration.

Photographs: Hayleigh Longman

Long Play Liberation stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Long Play Liberation is a performance, protest, playlist and philosophy, celebrating and centring blackness as the quotidian symbol of transformation.

Empowered by enactments of present and possible conditions of liberation for black people, anarchic juxtapositions – performance installation, lecture demonstration, film, dance and ritual – reposition late nineteenth and early twentieth century local seats of government – the Grade II listed Old Stratford Town Hall, and Newham Town Hall.

Transcending these sites from civic buildings into liminal spaces for extemporaneous, negotiable exchange, audiences encounter the fire, brilliance and scintillating matter of black life, accompanied by music of black origin in various permutations.

Confronting oppositional forces – life, joy, and celebration / death, pain, and mourning; inspiration and experience / boredom and ignorance; vulnerability / strength; resting and waking; power and fatigue – Long Play Liberation refracts the hyperadaptabilty and spacious radiance of blackness.

Listen and add tracks to the Long Play Liberation playlist here