Creating Place Podcast: Hollerin Space

L-R: Hollerin Space artists Angela Davis Johnson and muthi reed. This podcast is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

“It [the Hollerin Space] feels like placemaking to me, it feels like placemaking in the body – it feels like that: like the body is a place and that’s what we’re working with…”

– muthi reed

“Because it’s not one thing, you know? It’s not all pain, it’s not all joy – it’s, it’s all of it, it’s all of the human experience being honored and signified in a moment, in a portal. And you’re being seen. The Hollerin Space – you are seen and you are valuable.”

– Angela Davis Johnson

Hollerin Space is a spatial arrangement initiated by artists muthi reed and Angela Davis-Johnson. We hold the space for dreaming and being. We formed from a need to share creative processes and make work that supported us in unpacking our preoccupations with data/objects/materials and physical space/embodiment. Black life is a particular lens through which we center our work and we collectively cull cultural ways and artifacts to generate a Hollerin Space “happening.” Themes we explore include: migration, world building, ancestor devotion, blood memory, Black love, family, Black women visibility and queer embodiment, sensory programming and coding, public life, solidarity economy, social gathering, and interplanetary connectedness.

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This episode of Creating Place includes interviews with Angela Davis Johnson, muthi reed, Ron Ragin, Lauren Hind, daniel johnson, and Iya’Falola H. Omobola. Interviews and recording by Bonnie Gabel. Edited by Bonnie Gabel and free feral, with additional support from Hannah Pepper-Cunningham. Music and Soundscaping by muthi reed. The project is supervised by Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt. Funding for Creating Place: The Art of Equitable Community Building comes from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.