Auto Italia, London, 14 October 2020, 19:00 — 20:00
Jim C. Nedd, Invernomuto and Larisa Kingston Mann a.k.a. DJ Ripley
Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd, PICO: Un parlante de África en América, video still, 60 minutes, HD film, 2017.

Join us for a online discussion between musician, DJ and scholar Larisa Kingston Mann a.k.a. DJ Ripley, Assistant Professor at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, and exhibiting artists Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd exploring issues raised through the genealogies of picó culture.

PICO is a new programme of sonic inquiry led by artists Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd. In this exhibition, the documentary film PICO: Un Parlante de África en América (60 minutes, HD film, 2017) examines the rich and flamboyant tradition of picós: vivid, technicolour, wooden structures housing powerful sound systems, which turbocharge street parties, bars and restaurants across the Afro-Colombian port cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena.

Dr. Larisa Kingston Mann is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Klein. Her work examines how marginalized communities use cultural practices to create spaces and moments of resistance and negotiation with colonial power. She is especially interested in the technological and legal contexts that allow these spaces to exist, or how people redraw those contexts in moments of creativity and communion. She has also been an underground music DJ (DJ Ripley) for 25 years, playing in warehouses, squats, clubs, basements, rooftops, back rooms, front yards, ships, houseboats, pirate radio, legal radio and the internet.

Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi live and work in Milan, Italy. They have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003, focusing primarily on moving image and sound. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi have developed individual lines of research into sound with the outlets Palm Wine and STILL, respectively. Invernomuto won the Museion Prize 1 (2017) and were finalists for the MAXXI Bvlgari Prize (2018). Recent exhibitions include 58th Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); Tate Modern,UK (2018); Manifesta 12, Italy (2018); and Nuit Blanche 2017, France (2017).

Jim C. Nedd lives and works in Milan, Italy. Nedd is an Afro-Colombian interdisciplinary storyteller, involved in sonic environments and visual arts. Founder of the experimental band Primitive Art alongside Matteo Pit, Nedd also operates as a photographer in both advertising and editorial projects, as well as part of the Toiletpaper collective assisting Pierpaolo Ferrari.