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Oct 4

Installation: LaJuné McMillian’s Black Movement Library Portrait Series

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Movement Lab, Milstein Center, LL020

Movement Lab Artist-in-Residence, new media artist, and creative technologist LaJuné McMillian presents The Black Movement Library Portrait Series. This installation consists of “Movement Portraits,” or 2D video representations of peoples’ movements created using perception neuron motion-capture suits, some of which were filmed in the Movement Lab. Black Movement Library is an archival project launched by McMillian in 2018 as an online database of motion capture data from Black performers and Black character base models, who are currently misrepresented and underrepresented in existing online databases.

LaJuné's "The Black Movement Library Portrait Series" Installation will be open Monday through Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm from October 4th until October 8th, 2021. Please stop by! 

 

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Dancer Roukijah Rooks wearing Perception Neuron motion capture suit and dancing in the Movement Lab in front of a projected image of her motion capture avatar.
LaJuné McMillian: 'Black Movement Library,' 2021 featuring dancer Roukijah Rooks. Photo by Guy de Lancey.

Bio:

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Profile picture of LaJuné smiling at the camera
Photo by Tifané Williams

LaJuné is a Multidisciplinary Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities and the Black Imagination. LaJune believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to decommodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being. 

LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art & Code's Weird Reality. LaJuné was previously the Director of Skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, where they integrated STEAM and Figure Skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. They have continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies and fellowships at the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Barbarian Group, and Barnard College.

 

 

Cover Image: LaJuné McMillian: ‘Black Movement Project’, 2019 featuring dancer Nala Duma // Copyright LaJuné McMillian