JUNE WINDOW ARTIST: WACKLIKETHAT
feminism be gentrifyin'
vinyl on paint
K. Funmilayo Aileru, also known as wacklikethat, is an emerging, interdisciplinary
artist, designer, and performer. Ze employs a variety of mediums including digital
media, sculpture, and installation to access themes such as [ancestral]memory,
trauma, and Otherness. An Afrofuturist, much of hir work ruminates on the
historical and present relationship between technology and marked bodies in the
West. wacklikethat’s work often calls on the aesthetics of popular SciFi through
materials such as Plexiglas, metallic materials, and circuitry. wacklikethat attempts
to shift cultural paradigms of power via collective imagination and future-world
Aileru received hir MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design
in 2017. In 2014, ze received hir BA in Media Culture Studies and Media Arts from
Hampshire College. Aileru was born and raised in South Providence, RI where ze
currently lives and works as a teaching artist.
After 2 years only half-unpacked and periodically traveling, Cyndi is moving!
Did a dive and finally made-up making clothes this spring after imagining doing so always. (Thanks to models Sarah with the tank top and Alessia in shirt and pants :) Pulled the five of cups today but the experience is continuous. Been laying low, but online @c62_50
The Paris Review recently ran a story covering Equitable Met, a proposal for sliding scale pricing at the Met I co-authored in response to the Met’s decision to start charging a flat $25 free to visitors unable to demonstrate New York residence, bringing a to halt the it’s across-the-board pay-what-what-you-wish policy.
In How Much Should the Met Cost You?, writer Daniel Penny puts the new policy in the context with the Met’s “long struggle to serve both its visitors and its benefactors.” It’s a compromising history, including a 1897 episode in which the then director defended guards who turned away a plumber who came to the museum on his lunch break on the grounds that the smell of his work clothes would taint the experience of other guests.
Left: Daniel Penny’s story in the Paris Review. Right: sliding scale proposed in Equitable Met.
Earlier press for Equitable Met includes stories by Paper Magazine, ArtNet News, Fast Company, and Attractions Management. Equitable Met is a collaboration between Gradient and Look at Art. Get Paid.
Quick updates on the art realm: over the weekend, some co-organizer buddies & I ran the Queer/Trans Zinefest. I also was commissioned by the city to do a temporary mural on Public St (aerial pic posted below). You can read more about the project here, and watch a short video of me talking about the project and about myself as an artist. Be on the lookout for my DP window installation July-August.
And lastly, this will be my final post to the newsletter! I have to leave the Dirt Palace earlier than planned because of a sudden manifestation of a dream: to start a POC collective in Providence. My 7 months at the DP helped shape intention towards my creative practice and supported me in my personal growth, and I am so thankful! I will miss living in Olneyville!! On the flip side, I'm happy to be closer to my childhood home in South Prov :) This is not a goodbye, but a seeyalater
CR is working on a series of questionable 3D animations for the upcoming release of ⁘ ᴄᴀᴛʜᴇᴅʀᴀʟ, a public bathroom on your cell phone.
I am moving to LA! I got a dream job at Ground Control Touring and am starting the job in five days. While I knew that a move to LA was an inevitable part of my future, I was not expecting it so soon, and I am sad to be leaving Providence so quickly. I’ve been here since December 2016 and it’s been very good to me. Aside from everyone I’ve met I will miss Chengdu Taste the most.
Ummmm if you wanna keep in touch my instagram is @docs.google, or if you wanna be my penpal you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org bye bye xo
Footage of RECTRIX performing at Ende Tymes 2018
RECTRIX will be collaborating with Daniella Ben-Bassat this June 28th as Empty Field
and collaborating with Gyna Bootleg July 27th with Obsidian Needles and Zerfault
Daniella and Pippi are playing together as "Empty Field" on June 28th at Machines With Magnets.
She is also gearing up for a residency in mid-July in Pleasant Hill, Oregon at Kesey Farm.
Going around the sun. Looking at the moon backwards. Plants and trees. Summer is real. Tell me your stories about trees so I can learn the difference between a birch and a beech.