On Saturday, November 18, 2023 starting at 8 PM join us for the opening of Dion “TYGAPAW” McKenzie: 3WI featuring a live, solo modular synthesizer and drum machine performance by McKenzie, informed by their experiences touring the world as an electronic music producer, that will serve as the exhibition’s centerpiece.
On view through February 17, 2024, 3WI is the first institutional solo exhibition of Dion "TYGAPAW" McKenzie, premiering a newly commissioned installation combining video, sound, and performance. 3WI, or Third World immigrant, is a phrase which McKenzie uses to describe their experience of immigrating from Jamaica to the United States.
Dion “TYGAPAW” McKenzie: 3WI will feature a series of talks with writers and musicians exploring the critical discourse around techno. These talks will provide context for the exhibition by mapping both the history and conceptual concerns of techno as an art movement, as well as the ways in which the music is currently being historicized in academic and art world circles. McKenzie uses the formal language of electronic music to respond sonically to questions around access, migration, mindful listening, and historical erasure which are raised by the positionality of techno on the global stage. Read more about the exhibition here.
Please Note: Theatrical fog, and strobe lighting effects are in use during this performance.
Art Omi’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional program support is provided by the Ruth Foundation for the Arts.