INCIDENT No.64: Ephraim Asili
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.
16 mm film transferred to HD Video
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.
16 mm film transferred to SD Video
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
channel: Forged Ways: Left channel: American Hunger