These are my other kids. Over the last 3 weekends I've been trying to teach them wheatpaste and get them to translate history into historical fiction. They're posing next to some of the test pastes we did but they've produced some new works which will be showcased in the upcoming zine + PORTALS exhibition.
In 1976 in Kingston, Jamaica, the reggae singer Fred Locks wrote and recorded the song ‘Black Star Liner’. The lyrics of the song describe ‘Seven miles of Black Star Liner, coming into Kingston harbour’ – Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line shipping company, which had foundered some 50 years earlier, had become in Rasta imagination a mythical ark coming to take the descendants of African slaves home.
Fred Lock’s track came with a B-side – a dub version of the song, with the lyrics removed, the bass and percussion emphasised, and early electronic effects used to create echo and delay and a feeling of spaciousness in the track. Dub emerged in late 1960s Jamaica through the advent of new technologies for manipulating sound, reproduced through huge sound systems at dancehall parties. It has been hugely influential on electronic music production, influencing much popular music today.
Dubship I - Black Starliner (2019), a large-scale kinetic musical sculpture by @africanrobots and @spacecraft, plays a version of Fred Lock’s track using an electro-mechanical musical system, sequenced by a rotating oil-drum pierced with a pattern of holes through which lights shines. Based on barrel organ or ‘piano roll’ technology from centuries ago, it harks even further back to the work of Islamic inventor Al Jazari, whose design for a toy boat of musicians includes a rotating drum with repositionable pegs - one of the earliest examples of a programmable device!
The sounds of the mechanical strikers, hitting on a range of objects inside the sculpture - like cargo knocking together to generate a rough tune - are fed through classic dub sound FX units and amplified through a star-shaped speaker cabinet.
No. 105 - Chè
SWIPE ➡ To see my process. Took a more graphic approach on this one, as I left the Linework uncovered to keep that 'drawn' feel.
*1. Final render (Detail, Shadow, Highlights)
*2. Flat/Base Colours
*3. Cleaned up Linework
*4. Rough Sketch
Contemplating whether I should do this type of graphic style more regularly, what do you think?
If you have been following me for a while you will know these works! Panthers have been made in 2015 in edition of 20 and have been sold around the world to the most awesome people, have participated and raised money in various charity projects and have been my spiritual guides accepting life as is, not labeling it good or bad, just living in the moment. I am so grateful to have them living around the world, and cant wait to bump into some of them in years to come. ✨ There are still 2 sets on metal left but these babies also come in paper prints in all sizes and ship around the 🌍 Check out my website www.anakuni.com #AnaKuniArt#blackpanther#silverpanther