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B Covington Sam-Sumana
B Covington Sam-Sumana stands centered in a self-staged photograph. Heavy, defined brows frame a soft face of warm, deeply spiced amber carrying an inquisitive expression. B looks both lost - and as if they've been waiting on you. B wears a short, teased afro, high waisted brown leather pants, and a relaxed Guess brand oxford shirt with a button undone at the collar that carries a subtle red stain on its right shoulder. The shirt is tucked in. B carries a phone in their right hand. That arm dangles while the left arm, wearing a silver bracelet, is covering B's stomach. On B's right side is a sparse spiral staircase and a floating 3-dimensional model of verrucotoxin protein. Verrucotoxin is the active agent in the venom of a lionfish. There is a door in the back of the room, just behind B's left shoulder.
Avoid pronouns, use the name, "B". One may issue neutral pronouns if grammatically necessary.
Date and place of birth
b. 1994, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Current location
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2020, Rapid Response Fellow

B Covington Sam-Sumana is a Multimedia artist and producer whose works interrogate matters related to currency, transience, narrative structure, and system metabolism. B’s investigations have spawned music projects, objects of generative design, and forays into speculative finance, video, and visual art. They were born in the mid-1990s in Fayetteville, NC.

Rapid Response Project

For Rapid Response Phase I, B Covington Sam-Sumana  researched the creation of a new type of award process that does not rely upon the surveillance and visibility of its recipients typical of many capital awards. The New Millennium Almanac 2020 Micro-Prize is a micro-grant program initiated by the artist as an alternative to pre-existing models. It includes a granting program, as well as a short manifesto-style treatise, originally developed while in residence at La Becque. Awardees will range from those across arts, media, sci-tech, and agriculture related inter-disciplines.

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