Dubship 1 – Black Starliner
Presenter: Ralph Borland
Company: African Robots and SPACECRAFT
One hundred years ago, the Black Star Line was established by Marcus Garvey as a black-owned shipping line with the aim of repatriating the descendants of African slaves. Fifty years later, the singer Fred Locks recorded the dub track ‘Black Star Liner’. In conjuring imaginary spaces through sound, dub embraces imagery of space travel. The sculpture ‘Dubship I – Black Starliner’, a project by African Robots and SPACECRAFT with funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa, takes these elements to produce its own ‘version’ of an imagined spacecraft. This ‘dub lecture’ by the lead artist Ralph Borland explores the history of the Black Star Line, dub music and technology to tell the story of the sculpture.