Nathaniel Donnett is a cultural practitioner who lives and works in Houston, TX. Donnett's practice occupies both metaphysical and phenomenological spaces. He applies refusal strategies by
cultivating his oeuvre, inserting polyrhythms into the poetics of the everyday. By exercising black aesthetic traditions, radical fractal theory, notions of incompleteness, music, and sacred
geometry, Donnett challenges conventional modes of linear timeline narratives. Non-related ideas and materials are combined to create asymmetrical associations that access in-between spaces.
Interests and intersections include the in/exterior self, art/aesthetic relationships, human potential, and its limitations within socio-political systems. That intersection is where the dark,
unfamiliar, and uncertain dwell within black social life and society, in general. This intersection is what Donnett questions and explores.
Dark Imaginarence, a neologism Donnett coined to describe his practice and methodology, is to experience the imagination and imagine the experience through space and time, objects, or the immaterial by visual, sound, and body/haptic languages. Donnett cuts across various mediums to express the fragment and whole of imagination in everyday life. His process, use of material, and meaning access modes of transformation and transcendence while maintaining their associatins with the material world. Rather than prioritize presentation or consumption, dark imaginarence also emphasizes the experimental, the unfinished, place, observation, improvisation, spirituality, process, collaboration, and community.
Dark imaginarence is a polyrhythm and a ghost note. Dark imaginarence is art, before art, after art, anti-art, and reclaims art and suggests that it may not be art at all. It is aesthetic. It is incomplete; it collaborates. Dark imaginarence is neither- either/or. It is both/and. It is a body, mind, and soul composition—a human and spiritual compilation of ancestral genealogies. Dark Imaginarence is a blackness that remains in flux, off-center, poetic, and cosmological while playing on and offbeat.
Dark imaginarence is a way of life where one can think, make, act, and exist creatively.