Evan Ifekoya

Seven Songs For 2067

Deptford X Festival Hub, 9 Brookmill Road SE8 4HL

During Deptford X 2017 the audio walk was available on mp3 players with an accompanying map. It is still available for download via the following soundcloud along with the accompanying PDF map.

The work can be downloaded or streamed via the following soundcloud link and click here for the accompanying PDF map.

Seven Songs For 2067 is a composition combining field recording, voice and music, taking the form of an audio walk. The walk takes the listener on a journey across various sites in Deptford – present, past and future – where speculation, histories and a multitude of voices converge.

How does experience, shared through language, generate a space of resistance?

The work invited contributions from artists local to Deptford: Adae Boluwatife, Jacob V Joyce, Maya Williams and Xana, to ask – ‘What could a perspective with a more direct relationship to the environment contribute to the work that I cannot?’

Evan Ifekoya was nominated for Platform 2017 by artist and writer Heather Phillipson, who wrote of Evan’s practice that it "raises a disobedient/deadly serious eyebrow at racial, gender, and sexual divisions, cajoling the materials (archives of black history, studio labours, cosmetic routines, social media feeds, pop tropes, queer(ed) identities) to give up their goods. The work’s comedic elements — which operate less as a foreground than as a tone, a frequency — crack apart normative thought." Heather goes on to describe how, "with the frequent deployment of Evan's own body as the pulsing, erotic centre (backing group, director, laconic vocalist and prop maker — always multiple) alongside the presence and history of nightclubs, disco, house and electro — sites of interaction without restriction — Evan's work is precisely about being here/now while making elsewheres. And it’s in this rerouting — which feels, in Evan’s work, always open, and an invitation — that possibilities start sparking. I nominate Evan Ifekoya as ‘one small republic of unconquered spirit’."

The walk begins at Jenny’s Cafe on New Cross Road and lasts about 45 minutes. From there Xana’s contribution takes us to Midi Music Company, on Watson Road. After a moment to reflect on ‘I’, we walk up to the Idonia Street crossing where Adae’s monologue begins (12:15) – a journey from The Albany to Second Wave and back again, before heading to Deptford train station where a second monologue begins, by Maya (26:05). Finally, from The Albany Theatre (37:48) we are guided over to Deptford Lounge where Jacob V Joyce’s contribution concludes the walk.

Xana asks, ‘What makes up a neighbourhood?’ “It is the smell, the foods, the colours, the conversations, the hopes for the future and the music of the community. The voices that make up the high street”. This piece is focused on the historical sounds that make up Deptford High Street from the market in front of the Albany Theatre to Midi Music Company and how the voice of the neighbourhood is changing from that of a people who shared, survived and built Deptford now working against the silence of gentrification and government policy.

Featuring a compilation of sounds and interviews from the shop/market stall owners who make up Deptford High Street and the market. This audio map takes you up and down the street from the perspective of the people living and working in Deptford, leading you outside Midi Music Company where you can listen to a playlist of bands/musicians who have passed through its doors, contributing to the sound of Deptford.

*The Midi Music Playlist on youtube includes their patrons and bands who have passed through their doors: youtube.com/playlist

Maya’s monologue is looking at an area in Deptford that's changed dramatically and rapidly and confronts what was before and what is now. “These are all locations that I have strong associations of 'home' with and in this monologue I try to confront my own hostility or hopefulness at the way in which these places and my associations with them have changed and remained”.

A conversation between before and today.

Adae offers us a speck of a glimpse into an everyday in Deptford — one person's truth. Focusing in on their transformative experience at Second Wave Youth Arts Centre; a reminder that you are powerful.

Jacob imagines a radical immersive black archive (RIBA) in 2067 at Deptford Lounge, through a series of interviews set to an ambient soundtrack which addresses displacement and criminalisation of black and working class communities. RIBA is focused on recording oral histories because we exist.

Listen and be moved.

Evan Ifekoya:

Heather Phillipson:
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