Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TOS5. Space Rituals

2-4pm Wed Feb 25
Lindsay Auditorium
Sturm Hall 281
U of Denver

From the Pink Floyd’s space rock shows at London’s U.F.O. club to Hawkwind’s free concerts and the disasters of a Sex Pistols gig, media ritual surrounds these artists. Concentrating on space-related performers ranging from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Yes, Tim Blake's Crystal Machine, and Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One to Sun Ra and Parliament, I consider the spatial nature of group identity and the practice of collective deep listening and communal trance in relationship to the telematic bodies described by Roy Ascott and Derrida’s echographies of television. I’m particularly interested in conflicts between zones of cosmic spiritual identity and electronically mediated presence.

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