Creative Research Series: MOM² (Thomas Stanley, Luke Stewart, Bobby Hill) at The Black Box Theater
8:00 PM20:00

Creative Research Series: MOM² (Thomas Stanley, Luke Stewart, Bobby Hill) at The Black Box Theater

MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) with Rhonda Taylor playing a solo set on sax and electronics.

An evening of sonic exploration with MOM², in Las Cruces’s premier independent theater. MOM² features sound artist, cultural theorist, and sonic futurist Thomas Stanley on electronics, experimentalist and one-man hub of the DC jazz scene Luke Stewart on bass, and Bobby Hill on turntables.

$10 (the admission fee goes to the performers and the non-profit No Strings Theater Company, which manages the Black Box Theater). Reservations: (575) 523-1223


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Creative Research Series: Dr. Thomas Stanley on The Imperative of Alter-Destiny
5:00 PM17:00

Creative Research Series: Dr. Thomas Stanley on The Imperative of Alter-Destiny

As the inaugural event in our Creative Research Series and our Anti-Oppression Media Clinic, the Creative Research Center is proud to present Dr. Thomas Stanley and the group Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind (MOM²), featuring Stanley, Luke Stewart and Bobby Hill on April 14 and April 15, 2017. These events are co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Studies and Black Programs

Dr. Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) is a scholar, artist, author, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. The author of The Execution of Sun Ra and co-author of an oral history of George Clinton and P-Funk, Dr. Stanley also performs with a variety of groups, and has come to view his artistic contributions as macrotemporal interventions (rends in the fabric of history). He has written and lectured extensively on emerging musical cultures. As an artist, performer, and curator, Stanley has been an integral part of a burgeoning experimental music scene along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. His work attempts to exploit the capacity of sound and music for anchoring, framing and energizing our subjective experience of macrotemporal texture (history). Currently, within the trio Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind he constructs and deploys sampled and electronically generated music. He is also featured in Stranger, a documentary film about seminal P-Funk and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell. 

MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND or MOM² is an intrepid trio of improvising musicians who have been liberating zones of sonic sedition since 2004. Composed of Bobby Hill on record players, Luke Stewart on bass and sequencer and Stanley on electronics and effects, MOM² offers neuroleptic enhancements to modern life through a unique performance experience that defies description or repetition.


Dr Thomas Stanley On The Imperative of Alter-Destiny

In his lecture/performance, Dr. Stanley will share with us his theory of Alter-Destiny, drawn from his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, and his research into Sun Ra’s music, life, and theory. 

As part of our Anti-Oppression Media Clinic Dr. Stanley’s talk/performance will model Alter-Destiny for us as a specific sonic union of theory and practice that opens up avenues of expression and being with media and technology that work against oppressive forms, and, more important, work toward alternate paths, alternate futures, and as Dr. Stanley says, alternate destinies. 

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7:00 PM19:00


DESCRIPTION: Official literature on biometrics from the United Kingdom Home Office defines "bio-exempt" as a legal category for those not required to submit biometric data to the state, and specifies that children, amputees with one or no fingers, and diplomats are all designated as such. Yet, Home Office also describes bio-exempt as “exempt from control” or "exempt from immigration control." In this performative artist lecture, Zach Blas will consider "bio-exempt" as a paradigm for today's global security regime. Bio-exemption, one could say, is a mode of biopolitical control: who has the legal right to be exempt from their embodied self and who has the right to remain unmarked, not indexed.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Zach Blas is a world-renowned artist and theorist whose practice confronts technologies of capture, security, and control with minoritarian politics. Currently, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally. Blas’s recent works respond to technological control, biometric governmentality, and network hegemony. Facial Weaponization Suite (2011-14) consists of “collective masks” that cannot be detected as human faces by biometric facial recognition software. Contra-Internet (2014-present) explores subversions of and alternatives to the internet and is supported by a 2016 Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields.

This event is sponsored by LGBT+ Programs, Young Greens, and the Creative Research Center.

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