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Justin Randolph Thompson

Created for the context of Saturnalia,the performance A Series of Complex Handshakes, curated by ALMARE and Giulia Mengozzi is a sound based performance engaging negotiation and solidarity as misguided symbols of idealistic civility. The work draws upon miscommunication, malfunctioning radio transmission and faltering translations to outline a historic trajectory of stagnant conversation and the elusive capacity of celebratory cultural production to derail political consciousness. Employing the language of the business briefing, distraction and hyper-stimulation become disruptive strategies that sonically and visually fracture team building and the construction of collective sovereignty.

The piece is in collaboration with Janet and Janetta Hill and Taylor Hope Rogers.