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Cube Fest 2021

August 20-22, 2021

Cube Fest

CUBE FEST 2021 goes hybrid!

This year the festival re-imagines “spatialization,” offering tantalizing virtual samplings of five projects featuring America’s leading Afrofuturist composers and performers, as well as a rich, in-person multi-sensorial installation in the Cube that illustrates the unique venue’s capacity for 360-degree environments.

It's a chance to enjoy the astonishing creative breadth of artists marrying technology with ideas both new and ancient. Everything is offered free, so sample, enjoy, visit the installation, and jump on the mothership!

Cube Fest is a collaboration between ICAT and the Moss Arts Center.

In-person installation: Sound of Space

"Sound of Space: An Interactive Afrofuturist Experience" features the themes of transport, funk, flow, and testimony to give audiences a sonic, visual, olfactory, and tactile environment to catch Afrofuturistic vibes.

Fri Aug 20 12-9 pm
Sat Aug 21 12-9 pm
Sun Aug 22 12-6 pm

Featured artists

Jupiter Blue

From the engine room of Sun Ra's Arkestra [under the direction of Marshall Allen], Jupiter Blue's tone scientists D.Hotep and Jupiter Girl Blue emerge to reveal elements & particles of another kind of language, from another tomorrow, learned from a history of discipline, to be shared in the present. Expect the unexpected from electronics, electric guitar, celestial vocals, percussion, and violin as they call forth jazz-sourced vocals, harmonic soundscapes and shadows of unseen worlds.

King Britt presents Moksha Black

Moksha Black is a project from King Britt, a 30+ year producer, composer, and performer in electronic music. The project name refers to the process of Black Liberation through self-realization and spiritual awareness.

King Britt has collaborated with such artists as De La Soul, Alarm Will Sound, Saul Williams, Meredith Monk, Solange, and Calvin Harris. One of his most fruitful collaborations has been with legendary singer, Roba El-Essawy (MidnightRoba), who laid the groundwork for the early '90s trip hop movement as the powerful voice of London outfit, Attica Blues. Channeling ancestral energy from her Egyptian heritage and unparalleled love of jazz, Roba brings a sonic viewpoint that is unique only to her.

Yvette Janine Jackson

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and sound installation artist focused on bringing attention to historical events and social issues through her radio operas. She developed Radio Opera Workshop, an adaptable ensemble, which debuted the premiere of The Coding as part of the 2021 Fromm Players Concert II.

Shannon Sea

Shannon Sea is a Bahamian-American composer, sound artist, and sonic activist. Their compositions are deeply influenced by the avant-garde aesthetic, electronic music, Taoism, and their Afro-Caribbean roots. Sea's works explore themes of nature, spirituality, Afro-futurism, and self-exploration. They seek to create sound worlds that fuse together acoustic and electronic means of expression.

Stephen James Taylor

Stephen James Taylor has a unique musical identity. His Afro-Futurist style represents a blend of classical, rock, blues, gospel, world music, homemade instruments, and avante-garde.

Learn more about the Cube

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    The Cube

    The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types.