Rebekah Ubuntu is a London-based multi-media performance artist experimenting with ideas of futurism, rebellion and paradoxes. Their collaborative work has featured on BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac show, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Serpentine Galleries, and European arts institutions.
Ubuntu places their personal experience at the centre of their experimental, creative process, which borrows from cross-disciplinary practices (e.g. sound art, live art, text and interactive technology etc.) and draws from a myriad of references, especially sci-fi, speculative and Afrofuturist works.
COMMISSIONS (selected mentions)
Everything is a Mirror – Tate Modern
Commissioned to create a work responding to prolific performance artist Joan Jonas’ exhibit at the Tate Modern. I created ‘Everything is a Mirror’, site-responsive and interactive Afrofuturist soundscape with a backdrop of experimental visuals.
Trans.mission. Q – Tate Britain
Commissioned to create a work responding to the works in the Tate Britain galleries. I created ‘Trans,mission.Q’ a travelling Afrofuturist DJ booth broadcasting live and experimental soundscapes to outer space.
June – Oct 2016
Guest Speaker: Kings College London & Central Saint Martins
‘Queer Performance Now!’ and ‘Non-Binary Identities’ - performance presentations: how queer and non-binary identities are expressed in artistic works.
Sept 2015 – Oct 2015
Performer-Choreographer: Calais-Bounce, Serpentine Galleries
Performance art video installation in collaboration with RCA graduate Jude Crilly. I choreographed and performed a movement piece inspired by Afrofuturism exploring otherness, dissent and (mis)communication.
Performer: Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre, London
Performance of a reading from Kenyan LGBTQIA+ anthology ‘Stories of Our Lives’ alongside Lasana Shabazz.
TOURS & FESTIVALS (selected mentions)
July 2016 – Aug 2017
London & EU Tour: We Need Some More Queers in Here!
EP research and development tour across London and European LGBTQIA+ venues showcasing my first solo electronic music project. Tour included Yo! Sissy Festival Berlin, Brighton Pride, UK Black Pride, Vienna Feminist Festival, Richmix London.
Mar 2013 – Aug 2015
London Tour: Le Cortege
One-person multimedia performance exploring grief, trauma and queerness. Developed from a theatre-piece into a two-part film series. Supported by Dalston Superstore, Battersea Arts Centre, Talawa Theatre, Ovalhouse Theatre, London College of Communication (UAL) and Hackney Picturehouse.
April – June 2013
Theatre Festivals Winner: DEEP
Playwright award for DEEP, subsequently produced by Oval House’s 33% Festival and Talawa Theatre’s Firsts Festival.
ARTIST RESIDENCIES (selected mentions)
March 2017 – May 2018
Performance Artist in Residence, Limewharf London
Awarded research and development residency to create new multimedia and performance art works and deliver education workshops using Ableton Live performance for visiting school, college and youth groups.
Performance Artist in Residence, Talawa Theatre, London
Awarded one-month research and development residency for solo interdisciplinary project ‘Traces’
Sept 2014 – Sept 2015
Artist in Residence: Dance Research Studio
Awarded one-year interdisciplinary performance and pedagogy residency to R&D solo project ‘Traces'
Jan 2013 – June 2014
Associate Artist in Residence: Ovalhouse Theatre
18-month creative development programme: spoken word; playwriting, radio plays; writing for diverse audiences. Leading workshops with Ovalhouse Young Company (11-25 y/o).
April 2013 – April 2014
Performance Artist in Residence, Chats Palace
Managed youth leadership (music event management) initiative. Lead workshops and outreach for socially excluded young people in Hackney. Collaborated with school and college teachers, pupil referral units and local youth arts projects. Funded by musician Plan B who personally appointed me because of my cross-art and social welfare background.
Performance Artist in Residence, Albany Theatre
Cross-art collaborative residency in association with Albany Theatre, Graeae, Emergency Exit Arts & Talawa Theatre
Sept 2012 – June 2014
Associate Writer in Residence: Soho Theatre
2-year professional development initiative: performance and comedy writing development scheme: public showcasing; publishing opportunities; in-depth literary consultation.