Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2.0)

Interactive Performance

Duration 210min

Nigerian-American performance artist and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko presents the second edition of his interactive, multi-media artwork “American Chameleon: The Living Installments”. Based on the live performance “Chameleon: A Biomythography”, Kosoko and collaborators craft a virtual venue, a flexible space where Black voices feel comfortable thinking and speaking out loud. Via the gaming chat app Discord, attendees are guided through a full programme consisting of discussions with guests among which Vanessa Eileen Thompson, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and Ebony Noelle Golden, a healing session, a poetry reading, and the world premiere of Kosoko's film “Chameleon (A Visual Album)”. The three-hour event will take place on the 23rd of August, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This day commemorates the revolt of formerly enslaved people in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791, which marked the beginning of the Haitian Revolution. In a virtual choreography of contemplation, this pop-up community seeks to create sustainable, multi-tiered networks of care and investigate digital space as a place where progressive thought can occur.

If you would like to experience “American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2.0)” in its full and original version, join the event on Discord. You are invited to interact with the hosts and other guests and if you wish to stay anonymous, there is no obligation to write messages or turn on your camera. After the event, conversations can be continued in break-out rooms. All information on how to join on Discord is available here. Additionally, “American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2.0)” will be streamed live on our homepage and our YouTube channel.

Notes on accessibility:

Parts of the YouTube live stream of “American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2.0)” can be offered with German subtitles. Please refer to the event schedule below to see which sections this applies to. In addition, ASL translation will be available throughout the event.

Technical support is available on Discord in both English and German.

We also partially offer ASL (American Sign Language) in the YouTube live stream. Please also refer to the schedule for which parts this can be made possible.

Event Schedule

18:00 | Welcoming and Acknowledgement with Nile Harris
(Spoken English/ASL)

18:15 | “The Hold” 
with Everett-Asis Saunders, Vocal Performances by mayfield brooks, Nile Harris, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ima Iduozee (ASL)

18:20 | “On Remembering” 
with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Ebony Noelle Golden (Spoken English/ASL)

18:45 | “Chameleon (A Visual Album)” 
Directed by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Ima Iduozee, Edited/Post-Production by Alexis McCrimmon (Spoken English/German subtitles/ASL)

19:15 | “Chameleon Contingency” 
Conversation/Reading by Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Edited by Meena Murugesan (Spoken English/German subtitles/ASL)

19:45 | “On Healing” 
with mayfield brooks (Spoken English/ASL)

20:15 | “Unbreathing and the Possibility of Abolition” 
with Dr. Vanessa E. Thompson (Spoken English/ASL)

20:45 | “Black Body Amnesia (Public Archive Remix)” 
Film by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Edited by Meena Murugesan, Featuring sound by Everett-Asis Saunders (Spoken English/German subtitles/ASL)


Community Dialogues for Discord Audience
led by Dr. Vanessa E. Thompson and Ebony Noelle Golden (Spoken English /ASL through Zoom link on Discord)

For more information on the artist visit www.jaamil.com

From the Magazin im August: “The Chameleon Contingency: Reflections on Chance, Culture, and Coping” by Brenda Dixon-Gottschild

Trailer | American Chameleon: The Living Installments

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko | Chameleon Contingency

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Conversation/Reading by Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild | From “American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2.0)”

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko | Unbreathing and the Possibility of Abolition

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With Dr. Vanessa E. Thompson | From “American Chameleon: The Living Installements (2.)”

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  • Cast

    Direction & Host

    Artistic Team

    mayfield brooks, Everett-Asis Saunders, Meena Murugesan, Nile Harris, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and others


    Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Ebony Noelle Golden, Dr. Vanessa E. Thompson and others

    Technical Team

    Nile Harris, Ryan Jenkins, Vadim Nickel

    Project Management

    Tara Sheena

    Interpreters ASL

    Lavender Cygnet, Gregorio Nieto

  • Credits

    A project in the frame of Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 in collaboration with Zürcher Theater Spektakel, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. “Chameleon” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project. Co-Commissioned by: EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy NY, New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency program, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University. Coproduction: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), NPN. New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program is made possible with additional support from the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the Shubert Foundation. Funded by: New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Supported by: Bates Dance Festival, Gibney DiP, pOnderosa, D.O.C.H., Within Practice Stockholm, Movement Research Artist in Residence Program (made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Centre for the Less Good Idea Johannesburg, PassaPorta International House of Literature Brussels, Studio 303 Montreal, National Center for Choreography Akron, Red Bull Arts Detroit. 

Past dates

Sun 23.8.

from 18:00 to 21:30Online/Public Viewing