Exhibition Opening: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste: Set It Off
The dual-site event will feature performances by SCRAAATCH, music by DJ Sofia Lakis and DJ Hunting Dog, a welcome by ICA executive director Dominic Asmall Willsdon and 1708 Gallery executive director Emily Smith, and remarks by Toussaint-Baptiste and curators Amber Esseiva and Park C. Myers.
Throughout the evening, we will highlight the memory of Bill Royall’s life and his transformative contributions to the Richmond community.
While this event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to RSVP using this link.
Set It Off (October 29, 2021 – June 19, 2022) consists of two variations of a monumental, immersive, sonic sculpture installed across the ICA and 1708 Gallery. At the ICA, you are invited to enter two large-scale black cubes made of wood, polyethylene, and tinted glass, and at 1708 Gallery, visitors will encounter a black square pool built of similar materials. Using sonic frequencies that register just below human audibility, the installations provide a series of site-specific experiences for sound to be deeply felt. Toussaint-Baptiste invites visitors to deeply engage with the site, considering the implications of sound, visibility, and performance.
Doors open with refreshments, and a cash bar
Music by DJ Sofia Lakis and DJ Hunting Dog begins at the ICA
Welcome by ICA executive director Dominic Asmall Willsdon and 1708 Gallery executive director Emily Smith. Remarks by curators Amber Esseiva and Park Myers, and artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste at the ICA
Performance by SCRAAATCH in 1708 Gallery’s parking lot (next to Charm School)
Music continues at the ICA and 1708
Sofia Lakis is a musician and DJ living in Richmond, VA. She is a resident of Ice Cream Social, one of the city’s long-running dance parties, as well as a member of the bands Listless and .gif from god. Since 2016, she has worked with local collectives such as Animal, Behavior, and more to bring people together under the roof of dance music. In 2018, she launched a series of events titled “Formula”, meant to highlight and showcase the diversity of styles represented in Richmond’s dance music underground.
Hunting Dog is a musician and DJ living in Richmond, Virginia. Also a resident of Ice Cream Social, Hunting Dog was born in 2017, after nearly a decade of writing music and playing in punk bands. Her sound is influenced by the musical genres of acid techno, jungle, 90’s hardcore, and post-industrial. Hunting Dog has been featured on a number of playlists and parties, including Club Quarantine, Formula, Ambient Babestation, and NEDE. In 2019 she released her first album, “Body”, on Grimalkin Records, followed up by the B-side compilation “Pseudobody” in September of 2021.
SCRAAATCH consists of E. Jane and chukwumaa, aka MHYSA and lawd knows. SCRAAATCH focus on Black diasporan intra-communication, generational traumas, social upheaval, and the social conditions of urban environments. They source sounds, images, and physical objects that represent ever-morphing urban and digital landscapes, reflecting on the socio-political dynamics within these spaces.
Do I need a ticket?
This event is free and open to the public! Tickets are not required for entry. We do encourage you to RSVP in advance so that we can anticipate event attendance.
Where can I park?
Complimentary parking is available in VCU’s QQ Lot located next to the ICA at 612 W. Grace Street, and in the EE lot located at 612 W. Grace Street.
Will there be food and drinks?
Yes! Refreshments and cash bar provided.
What’s your mask policy?
In keeping with current CDC guidelines, visitors, staff, & volunteers, vaccinated as well as unvaccinated, are required to wear masks while visiting the ICA.
If you forget your mask, disposable masks are available at the front desk.