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Tao Leigh Goffe—Plot and Provision: Crate-Digging

When
All Day
Where
Glyndor Gallery
Kill Them With The No Detail
Tao Leigh Goffe, "Kill Them with the No!," 2022 (detail), sound installation, 3 min: 35 sec. Courtesy of the artist.

Tao Leigh Goffe inaugurates the 2024 Sunroom Project Space season with Plot and Provision: Crate-Digging, a climate-art, multimedia installation that explores intergenerational healing through the sounds and the soil of the Bronx. Drawing from research on botanicas, botanical gardens, the notion of the commons and the historical segmentation and allocation of land as drawn from plantation experiences, Goffe’s project manifests as both a site-specific bunker and an archive of gardening rituals across the Caribbean diaspora with connections between African, Asian and Indigenous modes of botanical cultivation. Goffe’s first solo exhibition is a critique of the violence of mono-crop agriculture, which “stages doomsday prepping as Black feminist aesthetic," writes the artist. Deriving from Goffe’s writing on sugarcane plantations, what she calls “sugarwork,” and the art of record bin diving to unearth the DNA of musical sounds, “the installation sits with the materiality of dirt by playing with crate digging and digging as a sonic practice of cultivation to transform the Sunroom into a space for drafting revolution, collusion, and the blueprints for revolutionary acts across Black and Indigenous cultures."

Spring Arts Opening Day
Sat, April 20, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Meet the Artist: Tao Leigh Goffe in conversation with Maaza Mengiste and Kandis Williams

Sat, May 11, 2024, 2:00PM

  • Tao Leigh Goffe

    Headshot 2 Tao Leigh Goffe Courtesy of the artist

    Tao Leigh Goffe

    Tao Leigh Goffe is an interdisciplinary sound artist who was born in London. Raised between the UK and Queens, she lives and works in Manhattan. Centering sound technologies, ecosystems, and sexuality, her creative practice and methods are research-based, dialogic, and site-specific. Goffe produces videos, sound sculptures, and installations that foreground digital tools as a way of critiquing the origins of the climate crisis and overlapping European colonialisms by creating sonic kinship beyond captivity. Her art engages spatially on questions of theory, geology, burial, race, and colonialism and she is preoccupied with how metadata and other taxonomies function as colonial sorting tools that attempt to segregate life. Goffe’s work was recently included in Reimagining Nanny: Her Sword – A Seed at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, an exhibition that re-imagined the botanical legacy of the eighteenth-century warrior Queen Nanny of the Maroons. She has been commissioned to make work that addresses natural history and sonic speculative environments as an artist-in-residence at Columbia University (2022-2024). As a member of the Creative Science track of the New Museum's incubator on art and technology, NEW INC, Goffe uses art to explore these questions. She is Associate Professor at Hunter College, CUNY where she directs the Dark Laboratory. Goffe received her PhD from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

    Learn more about the artist at www.taoleighgoffe.com.

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