In collaboration with Deltaworkers, Prospect New Orleans, and Xavier University, PARSE proudly presents “The Colour Out Of Space - Opaque,” the third event celebrated on the occasion of the rotating exhibition "The Colour Out of Space" curated by Deltaworkers at PARSE.

During each of these events a film from the exhibition is highlighted, allowing each to shine and gain additional meaning through engagement with local artists and theorists.

“Opaque,” the contribution by Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorentz, will be contextualized on Friday, November 13 with a performance by special guest Kalup Linzy, a contribution by Ashley Teamer, Local Honey and Xavier Juárez, and a discussion chaired by Red Vaughan Tremmel.

"Opaque" is in part based upon the idea of the “right to opacity” as proposed by the late Martiniquan writer and poet Édouard Glissant in his essay collection Philosophy of the Relation. A 1969 quote from a congress in Mexico explains this idea: “There’s a basic injustice in the worldwide spread of the transparency and the projection of Western thought. Why must we evaluate people on the scale of the transparency of ideas proposed by the West? … As far as I’m concerned, a person has the right to be opaque. That doesn’t stop me from liking that person, it doesn’t stop me from working with him, hanging out with him, etc. A racist is someone who refuses what he doesn’t understand. I can accept what I don’t understand.”

Kalup Linzy is a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist performance and video artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by soap operas and melodramas, Linzy is known for his satirical and often-humorous storylines in his work, where he embodies characters to explore notions of race, class, and gender. An artist in Prospect.1, he returns to New Orleans to participate in the Bridge Years Community Engagement Programs—a series of free, bi-monthly workshops, lectures, and events organized by Prospect New Orleans to lead to the opening of Prospect.4 in Fall 2017.

Ashley Teamer and Xavier Juárez are two very promising young artists from New Orleans. They work in a wide array of media including, photo, video, painting, and installation. They worked alongside Local Honey to create a multimedia installation called Millennial Tragedy in April 2015 and plan to create more collaborative installations in the coming year.

Red Vaughan Tremmel is a professor, filmmaker, performance curator, and installation artist who lives in New Orleans. Tremmel's work explores spaces of play and pleasure, including the body, as historically significant sites of social struggle where people negotiate complex constellations of power. He is particularly interested in the ways marginal erotic bodies (transgender, queer, stripper, etc.) and cultures function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production, re/membering, and healing.

About Deltaworkers:
Maaike Gouwenberg is a curator based in Rotterdam. She is interested in performative practices, and the ambitious large-scale projects she has been involved in bring together theatrical and curatorial aspects. Gouwenberg attended the Curatorial Program at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam in 2006/07, worked at If I Can’t Dance and in 2010 initiated A.P.E. (art projects era) with artist Keren Cytter. She is programmer for the short film program at International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has been a committee member at The Mondriaan Fund and is a board member of artist run space 1646 (The Hague), Ponies Theater, and music theater group Touki Delphine.

Joris Lindhout is an artist and curator hailing from the Netherlands. He studied Interaction Design and holds an MA in Fine Arts. In 2014 he was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht where he focused on the social implications of fantastic literature in the Low Countries. His curatorial practice mainly revolves around video art; he works as a programmer for the Impakt festival amongst others. For a part of the year Lindhout lives in New Orleans where he runs the artist in residence project Deltaworkers together with Maaike Gouwenberg. At the moment he is writing the script for an experimental southern gothic short.

"Opaque" is organized in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans, Xavier University, and Deltaworkers.

“The Colour Out Of Space” is supported by Materiaalfonds, IFFR and Mondriaan Fonds.

PARSE is an art space and curatorial residency in New Orleans’ Central Business District that serves as a platform for critical dialog about contemporary art. This program hosts three to four visiting curators annually. During extended stays in the city, curators are encouraged to engage in studio visits with local artists, conduct research in the area, and utilize the PARSE facilities to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial practice. 
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