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Activation lV: Iteration(s), with Jared Brown and Briana Lynn

Image courtesy of Daniel Delgado

About the program

South Side Community Art Center

3831 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

SSCAC presented experimental collaborative composition from September 21-December 2, 2023.

Meditating on CAB’s theme : “This is a Rehearsal,” Briana Lynn and Jared Brown will re-iterate their experimental collaborative composition to the South Side Community Art Center (originally performed last year). They will collaboratively write, perform, and produce poetic sound-based activations utilizing individual and collective narratives, altered voice, color, and speculative explorations that blur the lines between realism and fact, as a means to alter physical space and the viewer’s consciousness. Collaboratively they are asking questions such as: How do built environments and architectures influence our attunement to sound and perception of time? How might the state of our bodies shift or feel in altered environments? What does it mean to engage with Black poetics as a multi-dimensional object, taking up space?

The composition intuitively combines samples, improvisation, omni-directional text written by Briana Lynn and an electronic produced score by Jared Brown.

Jared Brown is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. In past work, Jared broadcasted audio and text based work through the radio (CENTRAL AIR RADIO, 88.5 FM), in live DJ sets, and on social media. They consider themselves a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah’s description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared Brown makes archeological digs for fragments of Black American subculture, history and technology. Jared repurposes these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. Jared Brown holds a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Briana Lynn is a cross-disciplinary language artist and classically trained dancer working at the intersection of a literary and performance practice. Lynn received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. She is interested in multi-dimensional poetry; in language as object; and in engaging both her body and that of the reader—she is looking to choreograph text. Her work is an exercise in designing poems that can shepard space and ultimately, perform. 


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South Side Community Art Center

Chicago, United States


Founded in 1940, SSCAC is the oldest African American art center in the United States and is a Chicago Historic Landmark. While taking pride in our rich past, we today build on our legacy and innovatively serve as an artist- and community-centered resource with programs, exhibitions and events that inspire.

SSCAC showcases established artists and nurtures emerging creators. Through educational and artistic programs, exhibitions, talks, tours, and more, the center strives to engage, educate and connect community members to African American art and artists.

SSCAC is proud to have partnerships with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of Chicago. The center is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chicago Community Trust, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, the Field Foundation of Illinois, the Joyce Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Monarch Awards Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

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