In Conversation: Rashaad Newsome

Part of Hands Performance by Rashaad Newsome

The artist is joined by Tamar Clarke-Brown to unpack his latest commission for Channel.

Newsome and Clarke-Brown discuss the artist's new animated video work, Hands Performance, commissioned by Somerset House. Together they reflect on the how the film platforms the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, while considering the limits or language and how AI informs his practice.

Rashaad Newsome is an American artist working at the intersection of assemblage, technology, sculpture, video, music, and performance. Newsome's work celebrates and abstracts Black and Queer contributions to the art canon, resulting in innovative and inclusive forms of culture and media. Rashaad is currently in residence at Somerset House Studios for a three-month period this summer where he has been finalising Hands Performance.

Tamar Clarke-Brown is a London based curator, writer and artist. Her interdisciplinary work centres alternative mythologies and epistemologies, intimate choreographies, storytelling and diasporic practices with a special focus on empowering underrepresented and overlooked imaginaries.