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Experiments in Joy

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What can people do together that we can’t do alone?
What can we discover in ourselves only by way of other people?
Gabrielle Civil’s Experiments in Joy celebrates black feminist collaborations and solos in essays, letters, performance texts, scores, images, and more. Following her explosive debut Swallow the Fish, Civil now documents her work with From the Hive, No. 1 Gold,
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Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 15th 2019 by The Accomplices
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Ilana
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant, brilliant book. I felt so much reading this: awe, tenderness, recognition, love, anger, sadness, grief, hope, excitement, elation, inspiration inspiration inspiration.
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May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book of performance texts, and I’m floored by how affected I am by the experience of reading it. I think more than anything else I’ve seen lately, seeing how Civil engages with performance, art, writing, dance, and music all simultaneously — and frequently within the same project — makes me want to push my own boundaries as an artist and writer. One of my favorite aspects of my book is how she and her collaborators revisit the texts, years after they originally created a perfor ...more
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Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A mix of memoir, letters, criticism, performance notes, and poetry this book is unlike anything I’ve read. I felt a strong connection to Civil though I didn’t always “get it”. Some parts were amazing and some didn’t resonate with me. Overall very unique and thought provoking. It’s a total artist book for artists who believe in making space for others and of course, for joy.
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