DJ Lynnée Denise

Artist & Scholar, US

DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who incorporates self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events and public lectures that provide the opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with under-explored topics related to the cultural history of marginalized communities. She creates multi- dimensional and multi-sensory experiences that require audiences to apply critical thinking to how the arts can hold viable solutions to social inequality. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. With support from the Jerome Foundation, The Astrae Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Idea Capital, The BiljmAIR artist residency (Netherlands) and The Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, she has been able to resource her performative research on a local, national and global level. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at California State University’s Pan African Studies Department and its Chicano Studies Department.

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Witnessing Evidence

"The Welcome Table", James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, examines his three-decade life as a transcontinental commuter between America and France. The book would have highlighted how artists and activists met in his Saint-Paul-de-Vence home for intimate gatherings and collective remembering about creative social justice organizing from previous decades. "Witnessing Evidence", a new media project, merges original electronic music and archival footage, with original moving images and photography to engage this period in his life. In essence, "Witnessing Evidence" is a speculative fictional work, utilizing research and informed imagination to create a sonic visual chapter in the uncompleted book.

"Children of Baldwin," a DJ music compilation and essay project honoring the Black queer literary life of James Baldwin.

DJ Lynnée was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from May 15 to June 15, 2017 with support provided by Jerome Foundation and Art Matters.