Arika describes this program as follows:
For day two of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will take up protocols for listening to the sound of freedom composed and facilitated by the Vogue'ology collective. The Vogue'ology collective is committed to the struggles against racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poverty. For Vogue'ology, these struggles are organized by the radical performance practices of the House/Balloom scene, a creative movement of gender queer Latino/a and African Americans.
Ultra-red have been working with different communities in New York for many years. For their project with us, they have invited these groups to join them for three hours each day, and to enact, reflect upon, and codify their experiences of four different protocols for listening, which will each address the question: what is the sound of freedom? Each protocol will has been devised and will be led by a different invited guest: George Lewis, members of the House/Ballroom scene, Nancy Nevárez, and Fred Moten. The final session will review the previous four days and develop summary questions and propositions.
Each three-hour session can be viewed as a performative action to be observed, or a collective learning process to be joined.
Founded in 1994 in Los Angeles, Ultra-red is a sound art and popular education collective committed to the practice of listening as a form of organizing.
For more information, visit arika.org.uk.
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