#EthnoDigitalSonics no. 1.

Digi A&H will cosponsor two events at  Kakaʿako Agora this week  featuring Tahir Hemphill, of the Rap Research Lab in the Bronx, perhaps best known for his Hip Hop Word Count database project which mines Rap lyrics for cultural references and networks of ideas. See “Picasso Baby” for an example that relates rappers’ lyrics to famous contemporary artists.

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Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning advertising creative and multimedia artist working in the areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, thought and research.  With an art practice that investigates the role systems play in the generation of form, Hemphill is influenced by scientific work that pushes investigation and observation to artistic limits and artistic work that pushes repetition and precision towards scientific method.

Hemphill’s artwork has been exhibited at MoMA (Talk to Me, 2011); Siggraph (Siggraph 2002); Queens Museum of Art (Queens International Biennial, 2002) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Black New York Photographers of the Twentieth Century, 1999).

Hemphill is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee, a 2012-2013 Hip Hop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, a 2013 Fellow at The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and is in the 2015 Bronx Museum of Art Artist in the Marketplace program.

Friday Feb. 6, 6-7PM

“Arrivals” Conversation: David Goldberg interviews Tahir Hemphill at Kakaʿako Agora, a fantastic space in town. Hear about Hemphill’s process, his best work, how hip-hop influenced his life and creative pursuits, and what it means to combine rap, data-v

iz, and the essential questions of humanity.

Saturday Feb. 7, 1-4PM (RSVP)

Rap Research Lab Workshop “Love Raps: A Survey of Love in Hip Hop”

Experience the Hip Hop Word Count database in a hands-on workshop and scour the rap canon for insights on romance, rejection, and everything in between.

Hope to see you there!