Tahir Hemphill / Mapper's Delight

Presented by CCA Exhibitions
September 5–October 27, 2017
Tahir Hemphill, "Jay-Z"
161 Hubbell St
CCA Hubbell Street Galleries
California College of the Arts
161 Hubbell Street, San Francisco, CA
Opening reception: Thurs., Sept. 7th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Sept. 5-Oct. 27; Tue.-Sat., 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
More info: Jaime Austin, Director of Exhibitions: jaustin2@cca.edu
California College of the Arts (CCA) presents Tahir Hemphill / Mapper’s Delight September 5 through October 27, 2017 at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco. This marks the first solo exhibition for the New York-based artist and creative technologist. The exhibition features Hemphill’s photographic prints based on data mined from rap lyrics alongside new sculptural and 3D printed work, and is accompanied by a series of community data workshops.

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings, Hemphill’s Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. series investigates the role systems play in the generation of form and specifically how the data drawn from a natural language analysis of hip- hop reveal a layer of aesthetics that are music related yet non-musical. Geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers—including Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar—were extracted using Hemphill’s Hip-hop Word Count database to create sculptural forms that represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

Artist talk: September 28, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

Mapper’s Delight / Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. is a project of Creative Capital and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image credit: Tahir Hemphill, Jay-Z, 2015. Photographic print. 30 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

About Tahir Hemphill
Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning multimedia artist and educator whose work sits in the hybrid area between art, technology, social engagement, and interdisciplinary research. He is the designer of the Hip-Hop Word Count database and the founder of the Rap Research Lab, a studio for the production of creative technology projects and for the instruction of digital humanities, media criticism, and data visualization.