Ashon Crawley Speaks on “Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love” at EMPAC

Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love. 
Ashon Crawley
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6PM
EMPAC Theater
Tickets: FREE

This talk relates sound, mysticism, Blackness, and Quantum theory and is free and open to the public.
Troy, NY—On Wednesday, October 30, at 6PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host Ashon Crawley to give the talk Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love. The event is free and open to the public.

Ashon Crawley is associate professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He researches the sounds and choreographies of Black Pentecostalism—a multi-racial, multi-class, multi-national Christian sect with one strand of its modern genesis in 1906 Los Angeles. His first book, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility, examines how the practices of whooping, shouting, noise-making, and speaking in tongues of Black Pentecostalism allow for the emergence of alternative modes of social organization, serving as disruptions against marginalization and violence.

Crawley’s semi-fictional, semi-autographical book, The Lonely Letters, will be published by Duke University Press in 2020 and is the focus of this talk. In it, Crawley again considers the sound and noise of Black Pentecostal spaces, this time in terms of quantum theory, mysticism, relationality, and Blackness.

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EMPAC | Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s most technologically advanced university performing arts center. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work at the confluence of human and digital space. Four exceptional venues enable audiences and presenters to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for transdisciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.

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