Massa Lemu’s multidisciplinary artistic practice takes the form of text, performance, and multimedia installations that are concerned with the contradictions of migration, and the psychological effects of an immaterial, flexible, and mobile capitalism on the post-colonial subject. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Massa's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jun 19 - 23, 2023
Animist Assemblages of the Make Do
This workshop introduces students to contemporary animist assemblages of the make do. Participants experiment with processes of animating objects of everyday life and incorporating them as temporary bodily appendages, extensions, and assemblage. To reflect on how technological objects such as headphones, computers, and other gadgets have become extensions of the body, students experiment with animist assemblage as extensions of their own bodies. Borrowing from African animist strategies, the workshop focuses on the processing of objects and treatment of surfaces, creation of support, linking, and presentation.