SELECT DC PRESENTS:
BLACK FIGHTING FORMATIONS: SIMULTANEOUS MULTIDIMENSIONALITY PART II
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 8:00 PM
Robert Beatty is an artist and electronic musician who also performs under the moniker Three Legged Race. He is a long-running member of the bands Hair Police, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, and C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core. Through Beatty's collaboration with video artist Takeshi Murata, Three Legged Race has performed at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Deitch Projects, New York; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; and the New Museum, New York. In 2013, Beatty released the acclaimed "Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata" (Glistening Examples), a collection of his audio work for Murata. Beatty's performances and recordings explore the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, evoking minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal industrial techno. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
“Black Fighting Formations: Simultaneous Multidimensionality,” is an investigation of the Underground Railroad-era tactical media, narratives of fugitivity, and African sensibilities in percussion. Baltimore, DC, and Bay Area musicians Jamal Moore, Luke Stewart & Marshall Trammell, respectively, set the stage for a hybrid, “open rehearsal” workshop recontextualizing the Underground Railroad quilt codes in terms of effective strategies for navigating the state and conditions of Black life and arts today. “Simultaneous Multidimensionality (SM)” is both the action/engagement process demonstrated by the artists and the design demonstrating rings emanating from the central ring, as found in African master drumming.
Marshall Trammell, Chief Investigator at Music Research Strategies
Bay Area-based artist, Marshall Trammell is the Chief Investigator at Music Research Strategies (MRS) and. MRS is his platform for ethnographic investigation, culturally situated design, political education and social engagement. He was an Electronic Arts fellow at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (2004-2006), studying under Ron Eglash, Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn. Through his varied work an advocate, analyst, researcher, or community organizer, in California, he utilizes research justice tools in his interdisciplinary arts practice. He is the new Music Instructor for Urban Promise Academy in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA and performs solo, in specific projects and as percussionist with the electro-acoustic duo Black Spirituals .