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Excerpts from I Need Music, forthcoming from Action Books, 2021, Wall vinyl texts and metal prints, dimensions variable. The Lovers Are the Audience Who Watch, 2021, video. (60 minutes)

In three projects across media, Duplan presses against language’s limitations while presenting expanded possibilities of form. Duplan presents The Lovers Are the Audience Who Watch in two channels, which borrows language from Julianne Huxtable’s Mucus in My Pineal Gland (2017) and considers video as ambient. Also shown are excerpts from Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (2019) snippets of text interlaced with images printed on circular metal, recalling the shape of vinyl records. Throughout the space and in conversation with the cohort’s are stanzas from the manuscript I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), which too contemplate upon images (“as page,” or otherwise) and future (“cancelled / due to a thunderstorm”).

Full show can be accessed at EFA Project Space