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Performance: Ravish Momin and Killick

ATHICA Music Night: Ravish Momin and Killick
Monday, May 16 at 7 PM
ATHICA, 675 Pulaski St. Suite 1200

athica.org/event/killick_momin/

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer and educator residing in New York City. Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille. His unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM) to pop-star Shakira. Momin is the recipient of grants/commissions from Pioneer Works, New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts.)

Momin, who started out as an acoustic drummer and percussionist a couple of decades ago, has been working under the ‘Sunken Cages’ moniker since 2019, in order to showcase his unique electroacoustic hybrid approach which splits the difference between live performance and production. He plays drums, triggers textures and clips, and layers live-loops while manipulating them in real-time to blur the lines between composition and improvisation. While rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions, Momin is also influenced by the street sounds of underground dance music from Durban to Mumbai and beyond. For more visit:
ravishmomin.com

Killick Hinds lives in Athens, Georgia. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal made on unusual stringed instruments with an emphasis on unquantifiable rhythms, intuitive intonation, and shamanistic ROYGBIV. The primary sonic influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; the effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature the sounds are surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement. For more visit:
killick.me

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Photo Credit: Ed Marshall Photography NYC

Caroline Woolard

Torrance Festival of Ideas
April 19-21
whova.com/web/tfoi_202204/

The Torrance Festival of Ideas is a free annual online educational and cultural event where renowned experts from across disciplines present their innovative ideas to the general public.

The 2022 Torrance Festival of Ideas showcases unique perspectives on a range of topics including creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, aesthetics, flow, imagination, emotions, motivation, AI, digital art, music, literature, wellbeing, community health, mental health, sociocultural engagement, childhood, aging, equality, identity, political resistance, and social change.

Caroline Woolard Talk
Wednesday, April 20 at 2 PM

The Cultural Economy We Want —> or —> You Don’t Have to Be a Starving Artist or a Sellout

In this interview, Caroline Woolard of Art.coop will present ways that artists are working together to build communities and economies that resist exploitation and foster collective action. Did you know work can be joyful and pay the bills, with culture at the center of economic innovation? When artists organize together (across issue-areas), we can win and co-create tailored tools of support, including paid training programs, solidarity financial vehicles like non-extractive loans, and policy platforms in what is known as the Solidarity Economy movement.

Interview Panel:

Meredith Emery
Annie Simpson
Mark Callahan

Caroline Woolard is the Director of Research and Programs at Open Collective Foundation, an Assistant Professor at Pratt, and co-organizer of art.coop with Nati Linares and Marina Lopez. Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, Woolard has catalyzed barter communities, minted local currencies, founded an arts-policy think tank, and created sculptural interventions in office spaces. Woolard is the co-author of three books: Making and Being (Pioneer Works, 2019), a book for educators about interdisciplinary collaboration, co-authored with Susan Jahoda; Art, Engagement, Economy (onomatopee, 2020) a book about managing socially-engaged and public art projects; and TRADE SCHOOL: 2009-2019, a book about peer learning that Woolard catalyzed in thirty cities internationally over a decade. Woolard’s work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. For more visit carolinewoolard.com/

Resources

Open Collective Foundation
opencollective.foundation

Solidarity Not Charity – Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy
art.coop/report/

Making and Being
makingandbeing.com

Art, Engagement, Economy
book.carolinewoolard.com

TRADE SCHOOL
carolinewoolard.com/system/tradeschoolcoop/

SpacePants Residency

Lecture
Monday, April 11 at 5:30 PM
Music Building Room 264

Performance
Wednesday, April 13 at 6 PM
Music Building Room 264

While singing (Jen) and playing viola (Diana) at a music festival in Vermont, we met, realized we shared a life-long dream of wearing as many sparkles as possible, and ran joyfully out into a field to celebrate. Our enthusiasm attracted the attention of some rad aliens who invited us to party and jam with them. As luck would have it, they were having a full-on sparkle party. When we woke up the next day, groggy and disoriented, we discovered the rad aliens had left us three parting gifts: a 25-foot long tube, a mission, and several pairs of spacepants. The tube would of course become a central focus of our music-making. The mission, which we accepted, is to wear spacepants while bringing both our own and other earth-bound beings’ works of music, poetry, multi-media, storytelling and art to life.

For more information visit: spacepantsmusic.com

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Lecture: Rebecca Kamen

Lecture: Rebecca Kamen
Wednesday, April 6 at noon

Making the Invisible, Visible: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery

Rebecca Kamen is a painter, sculptor, and lecturer who explores the intersections of art and science. Her practice is informed by observation and wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and the search for common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and reimagine what scientists see.

Kamen has worked on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and at the National Institutes of Health.

She has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Spain, Australia and Singapore. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As artist in residence in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.

Kamen is a professor emerita of art at Northern Virginia Community College, and currently serves as artist in residence in the Computational Neuroscience Initiative at University of Pennsylvania.

For more information about Rebecca Kamen, visit:
rebeccakamen.com

Resources:

Reimagining scientific discovery through the lens of an artist
penntoday.upenn.edu/news/reimagining-scientific-discovery-through-lens-artist

Curiosity as Art and Science: Rebecca Kamen and David Lydon-Staley (3-minute video)

Idea Lab Conversation: April Parker

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with April Parker
Friday, April 16 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join April Parker, Arts Administrator in Residence at Elsewhere, a museum and artist residency set in a 3-floor former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is an activist, community leader, and a Creative Catalyst Fellow in partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

www.elsewheremuseum.org/news/april-parker-becomes-managing-director-of-elsewhere

www.elsewheremuseum.org/elsewhere-people

triad-city-beat.com/unveiling-monuments/

April Parker (she/her) was Elsewhere’s inaugural Creative Catalyst fellow is now embedded in the administration of the organization as an Arts Administrator In Residence. She is a cultural worker and architect of black spaces using public scholarship, radical librarianship, performance art, and direct action. As a community organizer and archivist April centers the lives, histories, legacies, resiliency, and magic of queer and trans-Black people; while working exhaustively at the intersections of social justice movements to create opportunities for institutional accountability, intergenerational relationship building and creative expressions of resistance. April is a black queer femme, a revolutionary mama, and a twin. Her heart work of grassroots organizing emphasizes the liberation and prosperity of Black folks. Parker drives movements forward, agitating public discourse to address systemic oppression and institutional racism to uplift Blackness.

Since 2011 April’s been at the forefront and front lines in Greensboro, serving as a founding member of Black Lives Matter Gate City, Trans Kindred Emergency Fund & Trans Reparations Project, NC Queer TROUBLMakers, Queer People of Color Collective of the Triad (QPOCC) as well as the Anti-Racist White Folks and Bayard Rustin Center LGBTQ Symposium.

April’s organizing credits include Juneteenth Jamboree, Black Power Town Hall, Black Girls, and Women Matter Town Hall, #SayHerName Defend Black Womanhood, Midnight March, Black Minds Matter Rally and Raised in the Revolution Youth Summit. She served as a Greensboro Delegate to the NC Black Women’s Roundtable Leadership Council as well as Working Group Strategic Facilitator for Democracy Greensboro. During which she co-authored a progressive political platform to push campaigning city councilors toward antiracism.

As a surveyor of landscapes, both socioeconomic and political, she created “intersectionality in action” workshops and intergenerational support groups, centering the lived experience of trans and queer people of color. She holds a B. A. in sociology from Kean University and an M.L.I.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Idea Lab Conversation: Alden DiCamillo

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Alden DiCamillo
Wednesday, March 17 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Alden DiCamillo, UGA MFA, queer (demiboi) artist, poet, arts writer, and mutual aid organizer through Athens Mutual Aid Network and an independent arts space called @l_.emon_drop. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

Resources:

www.instagram.com/mutualaidathens/

www.instagram.com/l_.emon_drop

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/donate

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (ATL chapter)
www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/donate

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www.instagram.com/aapiwomanlead

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