Val Jeanty & Renee Gladman - "Conjurations: Composing at the Intersections of Sound, Line, and Language"
Composer, percussionist and DJ Val Jeanty and author and artist Renee Gladman will take part in a public conversation as part of the 2021 Global Georgia Initiative public events series of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Allen, who holds an endowed Professorship in the Humanities and is director of the Willson Center. Also participating in the conversation will be writer Christina Wood Martinez, PhD student and instructor in the UGA department of English.
The event is presented in partnership with the Institute for African American Studies, the department of English, and the Creative Writing Program.
Gladman and Jeanty will discuss their plans for a collaborative creative project that they will undertake throughout 2021, supported by the Willson Center.
Val Jeanty is a Haitian-born New Yorker whose musical practice combines modern electronic and traditional acoustic instruments for improvised performances and installations she refers to as “Afro-Electronica.”
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out in the interstices of poetry and prose. She is the author of eleven published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians. Gladman was recently awarded a 2021 Windham Campbell Prize in fiction.