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.