20:30 - 23:00 Concert | talk | film at nona arts centre - old hall

The Wish List: Melvin Gibbs

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For the final phase of ‘The Wish List’, our guest is the world renowned bassist and creative visionary Melvin Gibbs, a musician whose respect for the art and craft of music is equalled only by his will to overturn the externally drawn boundaries between musical and other artistic forms. The evening will include a live multimedia performance and a lecture by Melvin Gibbs and it ends with the film "Dreams Are Colder Than Death" by Arthur Jafa.

20:30 – 21:00: Solo multimedia performance

21:00 – 21:15: Short lecture on Recombination

Melvin will present a lecture on the subject he calls Recombination: Modes of Creativity in the Age of the Meme. His talk will examine the idea of recombination, both “naturally occurring” and “artificial”, as the primary force behind human evolution. He will address the theme in the current context of firstly remix culture and transhumanism, secondly social media as a tool for social recombination, and finally the collapse of difference between the “real” and the “fake” in the current culture of fake news.

21:30 – 21:45: Q & A

The talk will be hosted and moderated by Reine Elisabeth Nkiambote.


22:00 – End: Film screening

Melvin Gibbs has selected the film "Dreams Are Colder Than Death" of the acclaimed filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa, for which Gibbs contributed with the soundtrack.

Wish List – the art of social conscience

The Wish List brings together an impressive international line-up of guests from various creative backgrounds. Each guest hosts an evening of talk, film and performance to reveal what motivates them to link their creative output to broader social issues. The series of events is hosted and moderated by Reine Elisabeth Nkiambote.

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Melvin Gibbs
The Writer's Bench
nona arts centre - old hall
Begijnenstraat 19
2800 Mechelen (B)