Indexical Moment/um

Opening Reception for Performing Political Education: Fighting Formations

Indexical Moment/um

Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Music Research Strategies’s (MRS) Performing Political Education: Fighting Formations is inspired by the work of prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance and their working framework of a “Harm Free Zone”, the historical process of building community autonomy and self-determination in the struggle to abolish the prison industrial complex, and to transform our ways of treating each other. The project will feature performances by Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics) – with guest musicians and other collaborators. It will explore collaboration, improvisation and making music together as a methodology for transforming our ways of being together and creating an emergent community-accountability framework.

Over the course of the residency, Southern Exposure will present four musical events with a participatory discussion. The project will open with Indexical Moment/um, the launch of a visual archive of codes, symbols, and images that signify safety and community welcoming, in the tradition of quilts from the Underground Railroad.

Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 6 from 6:00-8:00pm for performances by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, with music by Marshall Trammell, electronic musician Sharmi Basu, and accordionist Umesh Mallery.