Jun 28, 2023, 6PM

JJJJJerome Ellis on Long Take

Image credit: Cameron Kelly McCleod, courtesy ISSUE Project Room. 

Please note: this hybrid performance originally scheduled for Saturday, June 24th has now been rescheduled as a virtual performance on Wednesday, June 28th at 6PM.

Artist and proud stutterer, JJJJJerome Ellis, offers an improvised movement and musical piece in response to Carolyn Lazard: Long Take. The performance is an offering of gratitude to Carolyn for their work considering the aesthetic and material dimensions of dependency, care, and access.

This performance is presented in collaboration with I wanna be with you everywhere, a collective formed by Arika, Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard and Constantina Zavitsanos. The organizers write:  “I wanna be with you everywhere is a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wants to get with us for a series of crip meet-ups, performances, readings and other social spaces of surplus, abundance and joy. It refuses policies of individuation and inclusion in favor of (and in the flavor of) whatever disability aesthetics has in bodymind. We won’t know what this is ‘til it shows us, but we do know that disability communities don’t only make art about disability. 😉 (winky face emoticon).

We’re operating from the point of view of access intimacy. Access isn’t an individual’s need, but a common capacity shared between us all.”

Zoom Information

View the program via zoom here.


CART, Audio Description, and ASL interpretation will be provided. Reach out to bclottey@ica.upenn.edu with any questions or additional access needs. 

About the artist

JJJJJerome Ellis is an animal, artist, and proud stutterer. Through music, literature, performance, video, and photography he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he lives in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.



Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.