NOWNESS Experiments

Jacolby Satterwhite – Avenue B

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Experience multichannel euphoria from the artist combining digital art, queer identities and Nigerian masquerade performance

As part of our new series of moving-image premieres, Nowness Experiments, we welcome digital video artist, performer and musical creator Jacolby Satterwhite to the screen. 

Based in New York and globally recognised as a leading multidisciplinary artistic voice, Solange collaborator Satterwhite tells us below about his new multi-channel project—the six-minute version of which we’re premiering in support of his recent album release, Love Will Find A Way Home, as PAT, the collaborative name for the musical duo he’s part of with musician Nick Weiss from Teengirl Fantasy.

“Avenue B is the 4th chapter from the Birds in Paradise series. The film shows four rituals of renewal fragmented within the two channels. I chose to borrow elements from Nigerian Yoruba Gelede masquerade performance such as shrouding, dance and bathing, to align with the concept of the song scoring the film. 

“The song, “Second Time Around,” is featured on my album Love Will Find A Way Home. The album is a concept record that uses recordings on cassette tape made by my mother, Patricia Satterwhite. A lot of the songs she wrote were derived from American folk music from the South—gospel, R&B and Top 40. 

Second Time Around 
(Vocals: Patricia Satterwhite, Alissa Brianna and Cedric Antonio)

The heart is a frail and delicate thing
When it is crushed
When it is crushed
And it makes it hard to get over
The scars from
The first time

Even though the second time around seems
So tempting
Although the time is right for love
The pain is still fresh
People who lost their love the first time
Are afraid to love again
For the second time around
Could be
Better than the first time
Than the first time

Love can heal the heart from the past
And make it last
Time can heal the heart and take the pain
And make it better
For the second time around
Could be
Better than anytime

The heart is a frail and delicate thing
When it is crushed
When it is crushed
And it makes it hard to get over
The scars from
The first time
Even though the second time around seems
So tempting

Although the time is right for love
The pain is still fresh
People who lost their love the first time
Are afraid to love again
For the second time around
Could be
Better than the first time
Than the first time 

Love Will Find A Way Home, by PAT, is out now on Pioneer Works 

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