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Terence Nance

Terence Nance


Terence Nance
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A decade of installation works from the filmmaker famed for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and Random Acts of Flyness

This is the first publication on the genre-defying practice of American filmmaker Terence Nance (born 1982). Tracing his work in film, video, television, sound and performance from 2012 to 2022, the volume pays tribute to the community Nance cultivated in the heady days of early to mid 2000s Brooklyn. The role of community figures centrally in Nance's work, as evinced through his frequent collaborations with friends and family. Discarding the conventions of cinema, Nance opts for narrative forms that stretch the bounds of temporality and embrace Black spiritual and ancestral practices; he regards his work as part of an ongoing lineage of artists who labor to make visible these influences.

Swarm highlights the interdisciplinary nature of Nance's practice by focusing on his immersive environments--both old and new--many of which have been reconstructed from earlier films.


by Terence Nance (Author, Editor), Maori Karmael Holmes (Editor), Kavita Rajanna (Editor), Zoë Ryan (Foreword), Taylor Renee Aldridge (Contributor), James Bartlett (Contributor), Lynnée Denise (Contributor), Ja'Tovia Gary (Contributor), Ra Malika Imhotep (Contributor), John L. Jackson (Contributor), Darius Clark Monroe (Contributor), Elissa Blount Moorhead (Contributor), Shawn Peters (Contributor), brontë velez (Contributor), Bradford Young (Contributor)


  • Publisher: BlackStar Projects/Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (September 5, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0884541576
  • ISBN-13: 9780884541578
  • Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
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