Visiting Artist | November 22 - 30, 2021
Will Rawls engaged in a remote second residency during which he continued to work on his stop motion film and performance, [siccer]. This residency was hosted by MANCC remotely through the Petronio Residency Center (PRC) in Round Top, New York in response to the COVID –19 Delta Variant transmission in Florida.
Building from the editorial term for a misspelled word, "[sic]", [siccer] is a dance and film project challenging widespread citation and misrepresentation of black bodies. An interdisciplinary artist, Rawls uses [siccer] to consider the history of images surrounding black bodies, the narrow avenues of expression that exist for black people in the media, and the relation of photography to black bodies.
This residency followed a film-making residency at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) where Rawls looked into methods of filmmaking and stop motion film. He and his collaborative team then spent their time together at the PRC exploring how the filmic and choreographic elements of [siccer] can be further developed through screenwriting, character, and storyboarding components of filmmaking. Rawls also investigated these through written and filmic analysis of revolutionary filmmakers such as William Greaves and Wendell B. Harris Jr.
Rawls will continue to receive writing and research support from MANCC in the form of a residency retreat with [siccer]’s writer and dramaturg Kemi Adeyemi in Los Angeles from December 13 – 16, 2021, as part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Initiative. Adeyemi will join Rawls to continue their joint efforts towards the [siccer] book, an edited anthology of writers engaged in the intersections of black performance, visual culture, and cultural practice in the 21st century—particularly in a post-Black Lives Matter era when black performance and black visibility are rapidly evolving vis à vis institutional representation. MANCC will also provide additional commissioning support to towards the launch of this book project, which will contribute to both dance and visual arts fields. Projected completion date of the book is Fall 2023. Rawls will also receive research support in the form of Florida State University scholar meetings in January 2022.
[siccer] is set to premiere in 2023 at The Kitchen, NYC.
This residency and the Embedded Writers Initiative and Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.