Lines of Flight: Grace Jones, LSD, and Black Radical Praxis
Associate Professor Uri McMillan (UCLA)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
5 pm Lecture | 300 Wheeler Hall UC Berkeley
12 pm | Workshop for graduate students at 650 Barrows Hall UC Berkeley
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This paper centers on artist-performer Grace Jones. Specifically, it explores her acid use in the late 1960s, as an alternative form of consciousness, knowledge-production, and a sublime act of becoming. Combining performance studies, black diaspora studies, and feminist theory, this paper asks that we consider this moment as emblematic of defiant, albeit quiet, forms of refusal that put pressure on what ultimately counts as black radical praxis as well as aesthetic inspiration.