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Kameelah J. Rasheed’s Book Launch (NEW DATE)

February 27 @ 4:30 pm 6:00 pm

Join our artist in residence Kameelah J. Rasheed for the launch of her book, Scratch Disk Full

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the publication.

Scratch Disks Full asks, in the spirit of Sankofa: What did you leave behind? What would happen if you went back and got it? Scratch Disks Full is a publishing project for those with leaky sensory gating, sprawling interests, kinetic brains, and “too many ideas.” We publish the excess, the dirty data, the spillage, the noise, the leftover, and the unfulfilled. 

A scratch disk is a hard disk used as a workspace to store data temporarily. In applications like Adobe Photoshop, the scratch disk is used to hold the data being edited. When an error reads “… the scratch disks are full.” it means there is not enough space on the drive to perform the upcoming task. The users need to find space elsewhere or end the process; they are left holding the excess energy of an unfulfilled action. 

Scratch Disks Full is a publishing project producing readers, workbooks, and lo-fi playthings exploring the excess of an exhibition, piece of writing, lecture, performance, or even other publication. By excess, we do not mean process work leading up to a final work; we literally mean the embodied experiences you could not give yourself over to due to spiritual unreadiness, the sentences you had to blunt because there was not enough time for further editing; the feral idea that blossomed during a performance and began to shape you as much as you shaped it. 

This offering will explore the excess of the current exhibition — notes, diagrams, excerpts of writing, and other leftovers.

Christopher Gregory for The New York Times

A learner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed explores writing practices across all species,
states of living, states of consciousness, and substrates. Curious about the poetics and possibilities of loss, ruin, and failure in the reading and writing process, Rasheed
explores Black knowledge production and fugitivity. She creates sprawling,
“architecturally-scaled” installations; public installations; publications; prints;
performances; performance scores; poems; video; and other forms yet to be
determined. Most recently, she is a recipient of a 2023 Working Artist Fellowship; a
2022 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research; a 2022 Creative Capital Award; a
2022 Artists + Machine Intelligence Grants – Experiments with Google; and a 2021
Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.

Her recent solo exhibitions include KW Institute of Contemporary Art (2023), Art Institute of Chicago (2023), and Kunstverein Hannover (2022). In 2024, she will have a solo exhibition at REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA). Rasheed is the author of five artists’ books:
in the coherence, we weep (KW Institute, 2023); i am not done yet (Mousse Publishing,
2022); An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions,
2019); No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019); and the digital publication Scoring the
Stacks (Brooklyn Public Library, 2021). She is an adjunct instructor at the Cooper Union
and Barnard College, a Critic at Yale School of Art, Sculpture, and an instructor at the
School for Poetic Computation. Rasheed founded Orange Tangent Study, a consulting
business that provides artist microgrants and supports individuals and institutions in
designing expansive and liberatory learning experiences.

Rasheed is represented by NOME Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

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Boston, Massachusetts 02111