April 17, 2019

Announcing our 2019 Dark Matter Residents

Elastic Arts is excited to announce the artists taking part in our first Dark Matter Residency! With generous support from the Joyce Foundation, this year the Dark Matter Series has evolved into a residency for artists of color across a multitude of disciplines. We received over 75 applications and reviewed many outstanding proposals, of which we have selected four. We’re thrilled to announce that the 2019 Dark Matter Artist Residents will be:


  • Elijah Jamal Asani
  • kwabena foli
  • Shannon Harris
  • Mojdeh Stoakley


Dark Matter Residents will present their evolving work throughout the year, both at Elastic and in venues and spaces around the city.  Keep an eye out for upcoming events, and join us in congratulating Elijah, kwabena, Shannon, and Mojdeh!

Elijah Jamal Asani
nigerian-american experimental artist raised by lillies of the valley. self taught music producer/designer/filmmaker. òrìsà of wet,  longing & fuschia. to be continued. 
kwabena foli
kwabena foli was born in Belgium but raised in the Southside of Chicago. Current and forthcoming publications include The Los Angeles ReviewMikrokosmos JournalMeridianCrab Orchard ReviewSalt Hill Journal and elsewhere. His work is also anthologized in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks from Curbside Press. He’s a member of Nu-Being Collective and was a resident at Banff Centre of Arts & Creativity, The Poetry Center of Chicago, and Chicago Artist Coalition. He currently lives between Chicago and Brooklyn.
Shannon Harris
Having a multifaceted career as an international DJ, musician, composer, label owner, videographer, Qi Gong instructor, humanitarian, pro-activist, healer, and Audio Pharmacologist™, Shannon has managed to explore obscure territories, regions, genres, styles and traditions through his work in the Healing Art’s.  His journey within the field of art and music spans over 3 decades, 6 continents and numerous cultural and spiritual traditions.   Internationally initiated into many indigenous modalities since 2003, Shannonbridges his healing arts, science, energy medicine and live entrainment performances under his unique practice entitled “Audio Pharmacology™”.
Mojdeh Stoakley
Mojdeh Stoakley is a multi-discipline artist, activist, organizer, and educator. Founder of »radiant devices«, Interfaith Poets, and Lethal Poetry. She’s also the Director of Poets with Class at the Chicago Poetry Center, executive producer of the 29th National Poetry Slam, and sits on the board of Surviving The Mic.