Musings on the modern and contemporary visual culture of the African Diaspora.

Black Visual Impulse on Youtube

Black Visual Impulse on Youtube

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As you may have noticed by the name of this blog, I crave visual stimulation. One of my more recent routines includes watching endless Youtube videos on every subject imaginable. One thing I found was severely lacking in my Youtube selection was videos about art. I really enjoy the casual sincerity and surprisingly educational aspect of vlogs and chatty sit down videos, well known to the world of fashion, beauty and music content creators. But none of these provided me with the art related content that I enjoy on Instagram, Twitter, blogs and websites, basically everywhere else. And YES, that is how I consume art every day. 

So why are there not more Youtube channels devoted to conversations about contemporary art? Most of what already exists is spearheaded by museums, galleries, and universities posting prerecorded lectures. What is missing is the personal connection that makes Youtube videos so enjoyable.

This was the general incentive behind creating the Black Visual Impulse Youtube channel. I wanted to incorporate a bit more of my personal voice as a young person interested in black contemporary art, a voice that I think is certainly present but needs more amplifying. Essentially, I created the channel to make the content that I was looking for but couldn't find. I want to talk about art in a way that is not overly academic but approachable and, more importantly, relevant to my life (and hopefully others' lives too).

I've started my channel with a new series called Field Notes, where I talk about some inspiring people and happenings that I've come across lately. In the second iteration of this series I'm talking about the design inspiration of Apartment 4, Africa is no Island at MACAAL, featuring photographer Namsa Leuba, and Atlanta-based artist Krista Clark. Take a look below!

 

And, the first video in the series, Field Notes is here too. Much more to come!

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Leslie Hewitt: Still Life Studies

Namsa Leuba and the Ethnomodern

Namsa Leuba and the Ethnomodern