VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE
Using our personal studio spaces as sharing locations we will approach virtual world as interactive performance space. Let's navigate what virtual sharing + art processing could look like using the tools of the internet and a set of our work tools, we will spend this course developing our own virtual avatars and performance practices.
Our House of Lux is made in trans regional dream culture. We gather for holding change with ourself and others, processing the needs of our folx, processing grief, dropping the barriers of the body, shaping the spiritual body with a willingness to listen, share and overcome. To deepen old connections and make new ones. We are tending a grapevine.
You can’t invite folks and not give them food & drink. said Marqueta. We are building bridges and nests. Telling stories & being informed by them about our dreams and gifts. Making these invocations and keepsakes for another time and place. They will restore us.
keep the culture of neighborliness
keep the family together
keep the spirits high
keep the grandmother spirit
keep the knowledge born
keep the motivation
keep the love power
keep the fellowship
Our ancestors & warriors. Our parents.
sacred rivers, trees and plants.
uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings, niblings,
our gifts are: tincture sharing, reading aloud, making 7 baths, listening, porch sitting, herbal medicine preparations, apothecary cooking, prayer, walking together, dream culture, singing together, mutual aid, drinking tea, planting and harvesting, plant swapping, traveling, meditating, reminiscing, adorning, cousinage, open studio sessions, making libations HOLD ON
(HOLD ON) HOUSE OF LUX
LUX radio : House of Lux
two icons, bandanna and hoodie are deconstructed noise legends, sacred armour objects transmitting frequency between each other. Attendees are invited to walk around them and given instructions for making an altar of new frequency. We are deranging imposed architectures and we offer our interference in practice for something else. On the one hand the state of Maryland is holding our cousin Derek Thompson who have been locked up for over half his life while our family in grief at the losses have been living with their kinfolk locked away. On another hand the state of Arkansas have been raping the land for centuries and our family land is always at risk whether through violent civilian or state work. And then again the state of Pennsylvania invested funds into policing Black and Brown people in North Central Philadelphia while divesting funds from our care during an extended period of time they created, marketed and publicized called the crack epidemic the AIDS epidemic the war on drugs and the war on crime in our communities and with our people. Were the residents of Kensington asked if they wanted open drug use rampant in their already blighted neighborhood. These violences have not been reconciled. HOLD ON is a time out of time dream legend- part fleshy culture, part viral interactive portal. House of Lux is our hollerin pot.
hold on- lux radio, arkansas delta
What are our collective rituals to grieve land theft and loss?
What have been our tools to restore and ground ourselves in the grips of dispossession?
What becomes of our fragmented memories of place and home?
How do we honor what remains?
How do we make space to dream something anew?
sweet smoke and the intimacy of forgetting: LUXradio channel processes the effects of dispossession and land loss by making a burning ritual to reshape collective memory.
This channel takes place in Lambrook, a rural community in the Arkansas Delta, situated between the Mississippi and White River. Stewarded by the Quapaw and Osage, it was colonized by the French and Spanish to later become a predominantly Black community of sharecroppers and farmers. It had a storefront, post office, and fabled to have once had its own all Black baseball team. Due to outright trickery or shady tax liens practices or pushed out from a lack of jobs, less than a handful of Black families now remain.
In the late 90's, ADJ and her family returned to Lambrook, living with the land and restoring her grandmother’s garden in hopes of creating a sanctuary for anyone who may need a place of rest. Since that time, the community and land radically change under mono cropping, misuse of water sources, land grabs, deforestation, and the structure they lived in "half a house" has deteriorated. The dream has yet to be fully realized.
A barn raising in reverse, sweet smoke and the intimacy of forgetting: LUXradio channel seeks to process questions of place and home by dismantling and burning the “half a house” while being intentional in community. It becomes an effort to create a regenerative ritual of reclamation, remembrance, and to make a pathway for restoration.
Lambrook is a site in the multi-dimensional LUXradio created within the work HOLD ON. We will activate this site through gathering with family, recording and documenting with film and sound to add it to our deconstructed radio frequencies.
Course type: cross disciplinary seminar
Number of students: 12 people
Students will spend the semester defining a set of terms and making meaning of them. We will work together and build a collective creative experience with the analysis and agreements we make at the center of our practice. We will be co creating local archives of personal and ancestry migration pathways to then map and score our movements and intersections alongside the emergence of RVA's current social architectural layout. For this course we are a collective of artists, performers, researchers, recordists, archivists. Tech tools we will use to draft scores from are: old garments + voice + body + city maps + conversation + digital compositing.
A house is not a building but an aesthetic. Our seminar will be guided by methods devised for House of Lux a rememory performance practice and interactive methodology conducted by muthi reed with collaborators. House of Lux performance ground our practices in abolition, QTBIPOC accessibility, walking, adorning, narrative making, automatic writing, table reading, world building, long take portraiture, mutual aid, dream culture, plant medicine, slaying, jamming, neighborliness and cousinage. By the end of the semester working iteratively and prompted by our discovery and adventure based method play, course readings and research, we will have collectively generated a dreamy assemblage of embodied interactive interventions and new geographies together.
House of Lux borrows its "house" concept from QT Black and Latinx ballroom culture where an affinity community of people form for the care, belonging and refuge of its members. Here we approach "walking" also in the QT Black and Latinx ballroom culture fashion where as walking to acquire the admiration of ball contestants beginning with oneself as presence embodied and extending to our environments. We borrow the term "rememory" from the writer Toni Morrison who defines it: recollecting and remembering as in reassembling the members of the body, the family, the population of the past. This course wants us to immerse in these Black technologies that push against forced forgetting, creating more ways to make histories that question power, fellowship beyond border constructions, and make provocative change.
Andaiye. edited by Alissa Trotz. 2020. The Point Is to Change the World.
Lefebvre, Henri (Author), Nicholson-Smith, Donald (Translator). 1974, 1984, 1991. The Production of Space.
Edited and with an essay by Shanken, Edward A. 2003. Roy Ascott Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness.
Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. 2020. DUB: finding ceremony.
edited by Biserno, Elena. 2022. Going Out: Walking, Listening, Soundmaking.
Biserno, Elena. Walking from Scores.
HOLD ON- LUX radio, ATLANTA
A Black womb remembers....
reclamation, determination, weathering, rebirth, possession, dispossession, hotfootin, dreaming, ingenuity, borderlessness, transmutation
The New Freedom Project presents Angela Davis Johnson and her investigations into deranging landscapes by centering Black geographies. Borrowing from the tradition hush harbors, HOLD ON: LUXradio becomes a reflective portal to consider forming and deforming Black life and culture. The work comprises archival images across time and space, fragmented fabric, and line to recall memories of our sacred down home technologies in an ever changing world.
HOLD ON (2023) is a Hollerin Space regarding culture and care. LUXradio is a multi modal deconstructed village radio that transmits frequency through sound, light, materiality, travel, space, image, collage and video. HOLD ON, a durational porch sit performance practice, travels and informs multiple spaces in four directions along the eastern seaboard and into the gulf. We are deranging imposed architectures of colonization. We offer our interference as Black Queer fam in practice for something else.
HOLD ON: LUXradio creates algorithmic experiences for an assembly of deranged and imposed records of colonization on flesh and land. In practice for something else HOLD ON continuously reassembles itself a dream imaging legend, part fleshy interiority, calibration portal and black light noise harmonix.
HOLD ON is an embodied imagination space and somatic care practice with kinfolk (2020). We have collections of sourced material mining what we lived through and what we have heard the elders talk about that they lived through: off grid living, living by water, eviction, home births, hospital births, burials, tenant farming, plantations, servitude, rebellion, gangs, migrations, wars, awol, second lines, block parties, drill teams, anger, hate, envy, lies, crack and HIV criminalization, prison, violence, fashion, immigration, the road, travel stories, media programming, loveships, staying power.
muthi reed and Angela Davis Johnson are creative partners in Hollerin Space (2015). muthi reed is a griot and media maker from Philadelphia. Angela Davis Johnson renders symbols through paint, song, and movement and is a lifelong sojourner from the South. Hollerin Space is our collective medium for culture work where we get to perform and channel dark light technology through fellowship.
HOLD ON - LUX radio, LUX IS
Join ASO artist-in-residence muthi reed Hollerin Space and House of Lux for LUX radio (HOLD ON) krewe coumbite : whatwebeenandwhywecare
For our 3-week workshop we will cultivate individual walking practices, enhancing body awareness, of flesh, environment, atmosphere, weather, noise,
perception, listening quality and place. We will record ambient sound material in our walks using the audio recording devices provided by the workshop. Then
we will come together and share + swap + record + archive our sound and conversations of beauty, curiosity and tension reflecting the practices of walking
We will edit our material with Audacity and Ableton softwares to co create sonic scapes with moods articulating our growing awareness and presence for walking. Our aim is to be translating feeling through sound. Sonic scapes will be programmatic material for sound walks for future walkers.
House of Lux (2023) is the myth and provocation for a QTBIPOC accessible Pangea culture of ME WE US OURS care values and practice for a world with love and accountability, without police and prisons, with neighbors and cousins trading maps, stories, recipes, remedies, libations and provisions. Our sound is a migrating noise legend reminiscent of the Black folk who raised us while living through the violent spatial conditions of U.S. imperialism and globalization in 1970s - 2000s North Philadelphia. Between us, our aim is for what Toni Morrison named the source of self regard. What James Brown called attitude. And what Andaiye called neighborliness.
Guiding text We do this til we free us by Mariame Kaba
Lux is locations TBA
meets bi weekly for 3 weeks; 8 participants *