With funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission and Kickstarter, ORIENT: a new anthropology, by San Francisco writer and musician Kevin Simmonds, premiered at The Garage, October 10 & 11, 2012. The piece, a mashup of live and recorded music, poetry and performance, considers Asian-Black relations in the context of American history. Simmonds' anthropology unearths cultural "artifacts" that both highlight the solidarity these groups have had alongside their unease and estrangement. ORIENT is more verb than noun, it's an attempt at getting some cultural bearings despite the exoticism of history. All poetry and music are original. Video footage and images are either used with permission or freely available online. SPECIAL THANKS TO ARTIST IONA ROZEAL BROWN. Copyright and all rights reserved for original music and poetry.

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