Sonic Collage
Intelligent Mischief
Fall 2022
DJ collective Body Werk

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Presented by Intelligent Mischief and BLACK DISCOURSE, and produced by Ten Out ot Ten LLC, this three-day immersive experience at TONE Gallery began with an opening night dance party and global sound clash featuring Memphis DJ collective Body Werk live mixing with four international DJs sets [Sippin’ T - Jamaica, Peroli - Brazil, Aimée - Ghana, JANE - Australia].

The opening party and international DJs curated by BLACK DISCOURSE streamed online, incorporating an online channel streaming audio & visual media, transmitting sonic and visual archives from the Memphis experience and the global African Diaspora.

A manifesto was written by a cohort of futurist and recorded and edited by the BLACK DISCOURSE team. We pulled quotes and sent the stems to foud Djs around the round to sonically open the portal of shared sonic connectedness.

The experience traces the spiral of past, present, and future through the music of the diaspora- transmitting waves of connection and ancestral codes for building radically different future/s. Focusing on the emerging future sounds of the diaspora and its influences, ARCHIPELAGO: AN IMMERSIVE SONIC EXPERIENCE, activates the ethos of Afro-diasporic community building through our shared cultural heritage of music, oral tradition transmission, and dance - and is grounded in shared visions of Global Black Futures based on unity, connection, interdependence, belonging and abundance. 

co-production/direction by Koumbah Semega-Janneh
Editing by V Robitalle

Zion Estrada (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist researcher living on Gabrielleno/Tongva Territory. Her work flows between archival assemblage filmmaking, sonic collage production and experiential design.

Zion’s  experimental collage language in film and sonic works often use layering of field recordings, found sounds and carefully curated sound clips that score a line of discourse that complicate temporality, history and meaning making. Her practice is informed by the palimpsest.

Her services include creative direction/production, narrative strategy, archival research, experiential design, host/facilitation, and sonic/visual works.

She is most interested in the non-verbal  and non-human qualities of storytelling in Africa and her diaspora (specifically the Caribbean) and how sounds hold the spirits of the past and the alchemic power to magnetize communities, movement, moods, and healing. She draws on the traditions of Black Trans abolitionists care making, sex worker solidarity,  doula presence practices and movement architects love of release.

Zion is co-founder and Creative Director of Black Discourse and owner of BZE Consultant LLC.

Director of Programs at BLD PWR; holds 10yrs as educator and curriculum developer.

Board member at Citizens of Culture
Presenting at the Ghetto Biennale in Jacmel, Haiti 2024
Participant in MIT Worlding Project Community 2023