an african-american man in a shroud of brown silky fabric in studio 1

the hold

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Studio 1—Goodman

Fall 2019

Performance artist and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko returns to continue work on the hold, a new multimedia performance project that explores the role of media archives in American Black diasporic communities. 

Spring 2019

For his EMPAC residency, Kosoko and a team of AV collaborators will conceive and develop their own archive of sound and visual material that will become central to the hold. They will then collaborate with the EMPAC team to create elements of a stage performance that moves fluidly between body, image, sound, and text. Kosoko will return to EMPAC in November 2019 to continue this research toward a film installation, podcast series, and live performance event at New York Live Arts in 2020.

Main Image: Production still from the hold. Studio 1 February 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

Presented By

EMPAC 2019 


Spring 2020

Production Credits

The Hold new work is co-commissioned by EMPAC, New York Live Arts, and Mount Tremper Arts. 


EMPAC Spring 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with continuous support from the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.