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INCIDENT No.64: Ephraim Asili

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Ephraim Asili is an African-American Artist, Filmmaker, D.J, Radio host, and traveler. Inspired by his day-to-day wanderings Asili creates art that situates itself as a series of meditations on everyday experience and media culture. Through audio-visual examinations of societal iconography identity, geography, and architecture Asili strives to present a personal vision. The results are perhaps best described as an amalgam of pop, African-American and “moving image” culture filtered through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional awareness. Currently Asili works as Technical Director for the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College and hosts a weekly radio show on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra, New York. Asili's documentary on the Sun Ra Arkestra is currently in distribution with MVD distributors.
 
AMERICAN HUNGER
16 mm film transferred to HD Video
19 min
2013

Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger, explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American fantasies confront African realities. African realities confront America fantasies.  African fantasies confront American realities. American realities confront African fantasies.

FORGED WAYS

16 mm film transferred to SD Video
17 min
2011

Photographed on location in Harlem, Ethiopia, Forged Ways combines elements of documentary, narrative, and experimental film form. Structurally the film cycles between the first person account of a filmmaker, the third person experience of a man navigating the streets of Harlem, and day to day life in the cities and villages of Ethiopia. By subduing any definitive story-line or "message" the film functions as an audio visual meditation on the constructs surrounding African American cultural identity while simultaneously examining some of the more subtle implications involved in maintaining an identity that spans hundreds of years, and thousands of miles.
 

Right channel: Forged Ways: Left channel: American Hunger