Apr
14
5:00 pm17:00

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

  • HSS AUDITORIUM

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. 

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.

APRIL 14 5:00 PM IN HSS AUDITORIUM: 

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. 

Dr. Stanley describes the imperative of Alter-Destiny in this way:

“The non-musical residue of Sun Ra’s life is a noxious, fluffy speck of toxic, life-renewing co(s)mic lint – once activated, a particle of deceptive potency. Sun Ra made us laugh at and with him to make his point, to remind us that having ended the world, our journey was really just preparing to begin, and this, for a young species that is understandably a little insecure about its sense of historical progression, is laughable in the extreme. In that spirit, if the Execution of Sun Ra makes you laugh or seems a tale that can only be taken with a kilo of salt, then I have achieved a mode of communication that is appropriate to my task.

“But I believe that as you read this tale of mercy and madness you will, like I, begin to hunger for the release of our Alter Destiny. You will sense the reinvigoration of your natural spirit as you drape your imagination across the template of possibility offered by Sun Ra’s bold and timely intervention. You will thirst for the horizons of brother and sisterhood made possible by a resetting of this dog-eared battle that has passed for civilization over these last few thousand years. You will understand that you hold in your hand the fulfillment of religion’s promise to reboot the cosmic motherboard and give us a second roll of the dice only, without the religion. And you will begin, I think, to appreciate the practical beauty of an imminent eschatology that does not require waiting on angels. The Angel already came. He had an orange beard. The Angel has left the building.”

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. 

Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

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

  • The Black Box Theater

MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) with special guests

An evening of sonic exploration with MOM², in Las Cruces’s premier contemporary art gallery. 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).

 


Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

ZACH BLAS: "BIO-EXEMPT"

  • Corbett Center Auditorium

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.