Aquifer of the Now: The echo of disembodied sound in an embodied ear – An Experimental Lecture with James Allister Sprang

Sprang invites us into his process, the creation of sensory poems for the spirit. Including his work with 4DSound, which allows for the choreographed movement of playback audio in space. Sprang asks us to consider the radicality of applying deep listening to the contours of recorded sound played back with a physical presence. What is produced when we listen deeply while welcoming our bodies, our ancestors, our traumas, our pain, our longings, visions, and dreams?

A live stream of this event can be accessed here. Edited recordings will be shared after the event. Tickets available on 4/15.

The son of Caribbean immigrants, James Allister Sprang weaves together the sounds and images of his ancestral past with the present, in a multimedia practice of creative patience and deep listening. This work is informed by the Black interior as well as radical and experimental traditions.

This is tentatively planned as a live indoor event at St. Mark's Church. We are following guidelines laid out by the CDC and the State of New York. These include: limiting the number of attendees to 50% capacity; requiring proof of vaccination be shown at the door upon arrival; and requiring and providing face masks, as well as hand sanitizer stations. Before each event, we will also be conducting rapid tests for all performers and event staff. Attendees are required to register in advance, and contact information is collected at the point of registration in the event that we need to support any public health efforts around contact tracing. We are committed to the safety of our performers, audience, and event staff, and will be fully prepared to update any of these plans and protocols as circumstances continue to evolve. We are grateful to attendees for helping us maintain safety within our present public health context, and look forward to holding meaningful shared listening space together.

Please arrive prepared to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID at the door. Proof of vaccination may be in the form of your vaccination card (or a picture of your card), the NYC Covid Safe app, or the Excelsior app. If, for medical reasons, you have not been vaccinated, you may instead bring documentation of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.