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Shade Compositions SFMOMA
Rashaad Newsome
Artwork 2012
Artwork image from the ‘If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution’ exhibition in A4’s Gallery. A still frame from Rashaad Newsome’s video work ‘Shade Compositions SFMOMA’ depicts a chorus of individuals singing into microphones.
Artwork: Rashaad Newsome, Shade Compositions SFMOMA (2012). Video, sound. 27 min. Courtesy of Rashaad Newsome and De Buck Gallery.
Artist Rashaad Newsome Title Shade Compositions SFMOMA Date 2012 Materials Video, sound Dimensions 27 min Credit Courtesy of Rashaad Newsome / De Buck Gallery, New York

Rashaad Newsome blends several practices together. Collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance create an altogether new field at Newsome’s 2012 performance of Shade Compositions at SFMOMA.Shade Compositions is a live performance featuring a chorus of more than 25 people. During the performance, Newsome acts as the Conductor simultaneously recording, looping, editing and remixing in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.