“This is WAK ” - a virtual post-colonial karaoke soiree/party/jam
June 17th, 5pm PST (happy hour)
Join us for a live socially distanced collective catharsis that combines quarantine, institutional critique and post-colonial karaoke! Register on the zoom link to get emailed the Karaoke instructions before the event.
Since 2014, the post-colonial conceptual karaoke collaborative Weird Allan Kaprow (WAK) has developed multimedia projects exploring the socio-political dynamics of place, history and systemic forms of oppression; striking a balance between exacting institutional critique and celebratory collective radical visioning. At the heart of WAK’s work is the understanding that the societal beliefs we have towards culture, country, and conquest are often as simple, and yet somehow deeply embedded, as a pop melody that gets stuck inside your head. WAK harnesses the power of that pop jingle to critique power and propose alternative ways of being together in the world. WAK produces its work in collaboration with artists, activists, community leaders and other cultural producers.
Aligned with Wa Na Wari house’s mission and in honor of Juneteenth, WAK has curated “This is WAK”—a summer playlist of cherished Black songwriters and performers. Through Zoom, WAK will facilitate a virtual karaoke party. Registered participants will have the opportunity to sing pop songs rewritten to reflect postcolonial narratives that cirique intergenerational wealth and museums, elections, gentrification and manifest destiny.
“This Is WAK” will premier a new WAK single. All registered participants will receive a limited edition riso-printed songbook.