Nonstophome will be in residence at The Public School for the next week (beginning tonight at 7pm!) with their four-day listening, reading, and discussion-based seminar, The Last of my Time Makes a Cosmos: Rhythm and Space Analysis toward the de-gentrification of the Black Avant Garde. The class description is below, but a practical note: if you can't make it to the first meeting, feel free to come to the second class, on Thursday.
original class proposal:
In this class we will explore the poems and music of Sun Ra, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dorothy Ashby, George Russell, Julius Eastman, Ornette Coleman, Gene Toomer, MF Doom, Madlib, Gil Scott Heron, Andrew Hill, Eluard Glissant, Kamau Braithwaite, Alice Coltrane etcetera. We will listen to a lot of music in the classroom in addition to looking at texts and liner notes, and we will map the gentrification and eviction of black artists from the avant garde. We will explore how the use of mythos serves as a shock absorber for this eviction and how the landless back avant-garde has gone on to occupy and dominate the cosmos, inventing and reifying an afro-futurist sensibility and a kinetic indifference to the places from where they have been excluded. We will try to re-map a solidarity between the two vanguards, one not based on otherness but aware of the stalemate in place. We will learn how to live sustainably in the afro-future and we will ask ourselves if any room remains for black artists alongside their western counterparts or if both have come rely upon the stagnant echo between them, and more importantly, why would anyone want to leave the Cosmos/home. Is the black avant garde at home in space.