with MOVEMENT PORTRAITS
from THE BLACK MOVEMENT PROJECT
by LAJUNÉ MCMILLIAN
26 March, 2021
He once told me he dreamed of being the kind of person who could tell the difference between art nouveau and art deco. The comment made me think of Paris and the time I lunched at the bustling Bouillon Chartier, where the wine was cheap and the diners merry. Across the room, I saw an old man sitting alone amidst the swirling waiters. I was drawn to his stillness, how untouched he seemed by the din of clinking tableware and the guffaws erupting all around him. From the corner of my eye, I watched him as he ate his steak and fries and sipped his wine. My gaze traveled down, and I saw his shoes on the floor with the socks tucked neatly inside. His feet were bare under the table.
9 April, 2021
She asked me to take a photo of her. Flanked by my sisters, she leaned on the café table and cupped her face in her hands. Tilting her face at its most flattering angle, she smiled demurely at the camera, visibly practiced in the art of posing. My mother was middle-aged then, and her looks had withered due to a lack of attention, the passing of time and the ordinary troubles of life and her imagination. But when she was a young, my mother was beautiful, stylish and inordinately proud. She used to work at a department store in Japan, and one day, her boss asked her to model for their catalogue. She always acted like this was no big deal, but my father assured us that she had held on to the catalogue, which was buried away in a secret corner of her closet. I wonder if she ever looks at it.
KALEN IWAMOTO writer
Kalen Iwamoto is a translator, crypto writer, and artist based in France. Her crypto-native conceptual writing takes blockchain technology and crypto culture as its point of departure, and focuses on play and exploration to push the boundaries of the NFT medium.
Few Understand is a chain of micro autofiction stories that is structured like the blockchain—the last sentence in one block becomes the first sentence in the next. It is her first series on the Ethereum blockchain.
LAJUNÉ MCMILLIAN artist
LaJuné McMillian is a new media artist and educator, creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black realities and the Black imagination. LaJuné believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to de-commodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being.
LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art && Code’s Weird Reality. LaJuné was previously the director of skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, where they integrated STEAM and figure skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. They have continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies and fellowships at the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Barbarian Group, and Barnard College.