Symposium On The Arts And Politics Of The Jazz Ensemble

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SYMPOSIUM ON THE ARTS AND POLITICS OF THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
Department of Communication, Georgia State University, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
25 Park Place, Room 830, Atlanta, GA 30302

The Symposium on The Arts and Politics of the Jazz Ensemble brings together a variety of perspectives on the film itself and the surrounding art scene with particular focus on the figure of Horace Tapscott. It will feature talks from two scholars of sound/image relations—James Tobias (UC Riverside), author of Sync: Stylistics of Hieroglyphic Time (Temple University Press, 2010), and Chip Linscott (Ohio University) who focuses specifically on the visual and sonic rendering of blackness—Daniel Widener (UC San Diego), historian of black arts in LA, author of Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles (Duke University Press, 2010), Matthew Duerstan, freelance writer working on L.A.’s underground jazz scene, and two celebrated experimental filmmakers, Kevin Jerome Everson (University of Virginia) who will be sharing a short film made in response to Passing Through and L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Barbara McCullough (SCAD) who will be showing clips from her current project, Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot.

The Symposium continues an experimental research already undertaken by liquid blackness throughout the year. Liquid blackness has collected resources on the film and the filmmaker (available on our website www.liquiblackness.com), organized presentations, workshops with the filmmaker, and will issue its fifth on-line publication featuring essays on the film and other forms of relations between arts and politics. To facilitate a repeated engagement with the film, which has never had a theatrical or video release, liquid blackness organized a public screening last April in collaboration with the Atlanta Film Festival and the Plaza Theater Foundation, CENCIA, the Creative Media Industries Institute, and the School of Music at GSU, and Emory’s Department of Film and Media Studies and Film Love.
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