Residencies and Awards

NEON POEM // Poet: TJ Dema // Filmmaker: Masahiro Sugano


We love the work of Studio Revolt and this one is so powerful and important. The Sylt Foundation is very happy that it was during a residency we offered TJ Dema in Phnom Penh last march that the shooting happened and we could contribute a bit, too.

Studio Revolt:
On September 30 1966, the people of Botswana achieved independence from Britain’s colonial rule. On this 50th year anniversary, Studio Revolt would like to honor this important occasion with the world release of TJ Dema’s “Neon Poem” video. We were fortunate enough to collaborate with this talented and fiery spoken word poet while she was on tour in Cambodia. In the same year of Botswana’s independence, Amiri Baraka wrote a landmark poem as a radical anthem for Black Americans to seek self-love and liberation. “Neon Poem” exists after, and in conversation with Amiri Baraka’s “Black Art.”

watch NEON POEM on youtube