E. Jane (@MHYSA301) is a Black woman, conceptual artist and sound designer.
Their work is a critical inquiry surrounding softness, safety, futurity, cyberspace and how subjugated bodies navigate media/the media. Their interdisciplinary practice incorporates digital images, video, performance, sound-based, sculpture and installation works. A central facet of Jane’s practice lies in their music output as MHYSA, an underground popstar for the cyber resistance. MHYSA recently finished writing her debut album, fantasii, now available on avant electronic music label Halcyon Veil. The album was on several best of 2017 lists, including Pitchfork’s “The 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2017”, Fact Magazines “The 50 best albums of 2017” and The Guardians “Hidden Gems of 2017”.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1990 and currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, E. Jane received their MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and a BA in Art History with minors in English and Philosophy from Marymount Manhattan College in New York in 2012. In 2015, E. wrote the NOPE manifesto which was published by the Brooklyn-based digital publishers, Codette. E. Jane is a recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award and recently had their second solo show, “Lavendra”, at American Medium in Brooklyn, NY.
Lavendra is the name given by American artist and sound designer E. Jane to a fantastical brown dwarf star, an imagined planetary cosmos ‘stabilised’ for human presence by the harmonising influence of 1990s black pop divas including Aaliyah, Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton.
In the historic Kelvin Hall, visitors encounter an intimate space that has been soaked in gradients of pink, purple and blue light and contains collages and fan-style music videos filmed in domestic space that splice these spaces with images of the artist performing in video-collaged environments. It’s a scenario that in particular allows E. Jane’s diva alter-ego, MHYSA to come through. MHYSA performs in these videos, in live solo performances and in performace art and music duo SCRAAATCH alongside producer lawd knows.
Taking in themes associated with Afrofuturism, Lavendra is driven by both a sense of what might be magical in the internet era – when identity and representation are given a heightened digital public platform – as well as a desire to heal.
Supported by Glasgow International, Glasgow Museums and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun 10am – 6pm
Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret, John Russell
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror
Cellular World is a group exhibition featuring works by nine different internationally renowned artists that introduces the key thematic concerns of this year’s Director’s Programme.
We live in a world where technology plays a large and changing role in everyday life. In an age of social media, most of us will have avatars – versions of ourselves – online, prompting us to question how we are represented and how we represent ourselves. At the same time, we are at a historical moment where the future frequently appears as a precipice between utopia and dystopia.
The works on show explore questions of identity and individual and collective consciousness at a time of prolific social change and uncertainty, when reality can often seem more like science fiction.
Curated by Richard Parry, Director, Glasgow International.
Includes works commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Glasgow Museums, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.
Fri 20 April – Sun 7 October
Mon – Wed & Sat, 10am-5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm
Performance by Sam Keogh:
Sat 21 April, 12pm