Mic Drop: a performative symposium

Keith Piper with Paul Goodwin as part of a performative symposium on Saturday 21 October starting at 5.30pm.

Participating performers respond to Keith Piper’s new commission Mic Drop including:


Rinkoo Barpaga

Tansy Spinks and Maya Amrami

Sharon Bertram

Jheni Arboine


This event is free but please register at Eventbrite Mic Drop tickets

The symposium takes place in the context of the exhibition Jet Black Futures I, that runs until Sunday 29th October, 2017.

Working with the frisson and anxiety associated with futurological speculation, Piper’s new single-screen digital work takes as its focus the ‘mic drop’: a confrontational performative gesture dating back to 1980s Rap, globalised by Barak Obama in 2016 and signalling the definitive end of a statement. Given the allusions contained within Piper’s exhibition title – ‘the terror of looming ‘black futures’, the ‘tech noir’ of science fiction and the void of global annihilation’ – the mip drop takes on a dangerous edge.

A founding member of the Blk Art Group and early pioneer of digital art, Keith Piper is a Black British artist of international significance. Jet Black Futures I presents the new Beaconsfield Commission, Mic Drop, contextualised by the first London screening of Unearthing The Banker’s Bones (2016), an Arts Council Collection 70th Anniversary commission.