I am Unity: Rana Ransom

Artist Rana Ransom sits on the floor in a darkened room, lit only by a string of large LED lights on the ground in front of them. A keyboard rests between Rana and the lightstring, as they reach out to touch the keys.

Unity at the Initiative: a multi-site visual exhibition and at-home experience centering art by and for Queer and Trans Artists of Color. I am:_____ is a blog series to get to know our partners.

When I began performing in public, I mainly started out as a DJ. After DJing on the radio for 6 years, the idea of seeing people enjoy the music sounded nice. I recently recorded this livestream during COVID <https://soundcloud.com/ranaransom/20200822-rana-ransom-dustbunny-live-s…;

What I'm doing more of is putting work into my noise project, Tagine Dream. Tagine Dream is a guttural child in horror soundscapes, navigating grief through synth, drone, and sound textures. This project is quite a distance from Rana Ransom's space disco sets, and is more of a raw avenue for violent sounds that have long been exiled from other projects in the past. In this project, these sounds have found a home <https://soundcloud.com/taginedream&gt;

I was hoping to go on tour in 2020, but this pandemic kinda got in the way! Here's to next year.

 

Finish this sentence with a word or two: I am a:_______

lover and learner

What's the most half-baked hobby you took on since the COVID-19 shutdown?

I'm a plant daddy now, my windows are covered in plants and I love it. I wanted to bring the outdoors indoors, so I asked a neighbor for some cuttings and well... months later, here we are.

What are you binge-watching?

Star Trek: The Next Generation, it's way ahead of its time in the gender discussion

 

What's the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

I invited Philly Goat Project to my Zoom birthday party with all my friends, seeing therapy goats do tricks for treats was the best laugh I've had with my a good amount of my friends all in one (digital) space in a while.

If you were to create a signature skate move, what would the move involve/look like?

I'm not talented at this by any means, but if I could do a death drop board flip, that would be pretty sick.

Anything you'd like to share with the world?

Tell everyone you hold dear that you love them, this is important to remember especially during isolation.