Studio BFPL: Affirmation Station
Studio BFPL: Affirmation Station is a new meditative experience created by Marlon Taylor-Wiles of Flying Under The Radar in collaboration with musician Jamire Williams. The 15-minute experience takes 4 guests per time slot on a journey of self-affirmation and self-care. In a world where there are many distractions, “Affirmation Station” is an experience that helps to eliminate negative thought patterns, anxiety, and self-doubt.
This is not your traditional meditation. Let yourself be carried by a score composed by Jamire Williams, layered with comforting positive affirmations narrated by his wife, Asia Williams and sonic contributions by their 3-year-old daughter Ziya Williams. Guests are encouraged to internally repeat the affirmations to themselves. The words we use to talk to ourselves matter. This guided experience offers a way to bring attention to your own internal dialogue and encourages a mindful reset.
Thursday, January 21 – Sunday, January 24
Thursday, January 28 – Sunday, January 31
— Thursday – Saturday: 2-7pm
— Sunday: 12-5pm
— Experience is approximately 15 minutes
Please note: This experience takes place indoors for 4 socially distanced visitors per time slot. It is free with advance registration. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your performance slot. The duration of the experience is estimated to be 15 minutes.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Born in Houston, TX, Marlon Taylor-Wiles studied at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet, Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the Boston Conservatory. He toured the world with ArmitageGone! Dance and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” He performed at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Joyce Theater, Teatro Elfo Puccini di Milano, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in a command performance for Prince Albert II. Marlon danced in videos for Beyoncé, Madonna, Evian’s viral commercial “Baby and Me” and appeared in Elle Italia, i-D Magazine, Vogue and was featured in campaigns for Chobani, Bonobos, and Nordstroms. In 2014, Marlon founded Flying Under The Radar (FUTR), a creative consultancy for experiential/creative direction. FUTR has worked with BBC UK, Ovation Network, CFDA, Cole Haan, Theory, Esprit, NY luxury developments by Rafael Vinoly, and Sir David Adjaye and the launch of the 300-foot screen at One Times Square. Marlon has also had the privilege of performing at the Whitney Museum alongside experimental musician Jamire Williams. In 2019, Marlon became an adjunct professor at Hunter College and created a course in collaboration with Kathleen Issac called Tech and Tech (Technique and Technology).
Jamire Williams is a multidisciplinary artist who functions in the areas of music performance, performance art, composition and visual art. After receiving his B.F.A. from The New School in 2006, he has since performed and presented works worldwide in spaces such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lawndale Art Center, LACMA, Montreal Contemporary Art Museum, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, among others. His list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of artist, working with acclaimed figures such as Solange Knowles, Herbie Hancock, Jason Moran, Dev Hynes, Kara Walker, Robert Glasper, Julie Mehretu, and Christophe Chassol, to name a few. Recently he was acknowledged as a key contributor and producer on Solange’s critically acclaimed album When I Get Home and he has been the primary drummer for avant-pop figure Blood Orange for the past several years. Last fall Williams was heralded as a featured performer at The Whitney Museum for Jason Moran’s exhibition Jazz On A High Floor In The Afternoon. In 2016, he released a solo concept album entitled /////Effectual on Leaving Records. The album was a genre bending project that highlighted the drum set as a focal point of sonic interpretation. The album was also paired with a series of visual collage pieces that reflected the works full embodiment.
HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION:
- Members of the public are asked not to attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough. Please take the temperature of all family members before leaving home.
- Face coverings are required for attendees and should cover your nose and mouth at all times throughout the experience. Guests who remove their face coverings will be asked to leave immediately.
- We request that you maintain a minimum of 6-foot distance from staff and other attendees at all times.
- Eating and drinking are prohibited during the event.
- Hand sanitizer is available within the event space. Hands can also be washed with soap and water at our public restrooms, located around the corner next to PJ Clarke’s.
- Following your time at Studio BFPL: Affirmation Station, if you exhibit signs of COVID-19 or learn of possible exposure, please call New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website: covid19screening.health.ny.gov