Elevator Music 35
Ephraim Asili: Jazz Salt

Jazz Salt, a multimedia installation by Ephraim Asili, features a newly recorded 30-minute cassette of sampled tracks, primarily from the 1960s through 1980s, that celebrate the music and poetry of black Americans while confronting 20th-century racial politics. The carefully combined and layered sounds of film, music, spoken word, and animal recordings further ask us to examine sampling as an art form unto itself and to question at what point a sound can—or should—be defined as original.

Both a limited-edition cassette of the elevator track and a limited-edition book featuring Asili’s original drawings and collages are available by donation in the elevator. The book offers a visual, physical, and textual pathway to the sound, and the sound an aural pathway to the book. Donations will support Tang programming.

Asili is a filmmaker, multimedia artist, DJ, radio host, and educator. His films, which focus on his travels throughout the African diaspora, have been shown at festivals worldwide, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival (where he received the Most Promising Filmmaker Prize), Milano Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and elsewhere. Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College, Asili DJs on WGCX FM and at the semi-regular dance party Botanica.
Exhibition Name
Elevator Music 35
Ephraim Asili: Jazz Salt
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Elevator Music Series
Jan 13, - May 20, 2018
Elevator Music 35 is organized by Mellon Collections Curator Rebecca McNamara in collaboration with the artist.
Ephraim Asili
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