University at Buffalo
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Visual Studies

Race, Voodoo and Capitalism: Illustrating the Hole: Consumer Culture Vol 1

October 29, 2008  by: Dom

Presenter: John Jennings
Location: Natural Sciences room 215
Campus: North Campus
Date: Thursday, 10/30/08 
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

John Jennings will also be lecturing during Ben Van Dyke’s History of Visual Communication class at 9:00 a.m. on 10/30/08 in CFA room 144.

John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jennings frequently lectures on visual literacy, popular culture, and visual Hip Hop culture. Jennings is the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture and a co-founder of Eye Trauma, a web based collective of sequential artists, activists, and curators who seek to expand the public’s perception of the comics medium.  He is also the co-curator of Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics that opened last week to excellent reviews.

Jennings will talk about Hip Hop culture, design and The Hole: Consumer Culture, a graphic novel he co-authored with Damian Duffy. The Hole is a science fiction horror story about the buying and selling of race in America, the simultaneous worship and degradation of African Americans in popular culture, and the tearing down of physical and psychological boundaries. CEO Carla Bonte’ wants voodoo to be a national religion—a hyperbolic “hyper voodoo” that uses an advanced technology marketed through a multinational corporation. Papa Legba, voodoo spirit of the crossroads, stands in opposition to “hyper voodoo” and the consumer culture that propels it. Complete with biting postmodern satire, a visual hip-hop aesthetic, an annotated bibliography, and essays on the academic theory behind the story, The Hole stands at the crossroads of interdisciplinary education-fearlessly combining African American studies, media and comparative scholarship, horror, science fiction, comedy, and iconic teaching tools.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UB Department of English and the Department of Art.
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