DRAF Studio – DRAF + Block Universe: Niv Acosta, DISCOTROPIC | Alien Talk Show (4 Jun 2016)

Sat 4 Jun

Performance by niv Acosta: 8pm

Tickets £7.50 / £5 concessions + service fee – book here

Followed by Block Universe Closing Party with DJs NaimaMania and Crack Stevens and VJ Bleue Liverpool. Free, RSVP required to info@blockuniverse.co.uk

In a UK premiere of DISCOTROPIC | Alien Talk Show (2015), niv Acosta seizes on an elementary medium of intimate exposure – television and the confessional culture of the talk show – to explore the relationships between science fiction, disco, astrophysics and the black American experience. DISCOTROPIC is episodic and has premiered earlier episodes as a part of The Cooper Union’s exhibition BRING YOUR OWN body, New Museum’s Triennial ‘Surround Audience’ 2015, as well as in the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art’s (MoCADA) Brooklyn Soul Festival ‘Black August’ 2015.

niv Acosta is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Acosta’s intersectional identities – as transgender, queer and black Dominican – have continuously inspired his community based work. Acosta’s performance work has shown at various spaces including The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Human Resources, Los Angeles, MOMA PS1, New York, and the New Museum, New York.

Block Universe is London’s annual festival of performance art celebrating cutting-edge performance at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. Following a successful launch in 2015, Block Universe returns for its second edition across major institutions and unique venues from 30 May to 5 June 2016, with an expanded public programme.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

  • niv Acosta, DISCOTROPIC @ COIL, 2016. Photo: Maria Baranova
    niv Acosta, DISCOTROPIC @ COIL, 2016. Photo: Maria Baranova