This is the essence of Beyond Digital’s mission: making space for meaningful encounters between artists of different media and from different contexts, and exploring the frictions and insights generated by these exchanges.
Beyond Digital started as an artist project staged in Morocco in the summer of 2011, focusing on how creative adaptations of global digital technologies — such as the use of robotic vocal effect Auto-Tune in Berber folk music — are helping to transform youth culture and suggesting powerful alternatives to Western concepts of digital literacy. Initiated by artists Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture), Maga Bo and Taliesen Gilkes-Bower, Beyond Digital brought 8 American and Spanish artists to Casablanca for a month-long intensive period of research, production, and collaboration with Moroccan artists. The open-ended and interdisciplinary nature of the project took the crew from the busy streets of Casablanca to remote caves in the southern Anti-Atlas mountains. The workshop results include video documentation, photography, Sufi Plug-ins — an experimental audio software based on non-Western ideas of music, photojournalism pieces, a toolbox of Moroccan percussion loops and more.
Beyond The Block (New York)
In 2012 members of Dutty Artz: Boima Tucker, Thanu Yakupitiyage, and Jace Clayton launched Beyond the Block. This was a community oriented block party in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood aimed at bridging the gap between community issues such as housing rights, immigrants rights, and visibility, with the creative expression that local communities incubate and inspire.