Performing Arts Series: James Allister Sprang
Aquifier of the Ducts is a guided visual and sonic meditative experience, designed to be experienced from home.
James Allister Sprang:
'Aquifer of the Ducts'
Thursday-Friday | March 11-12, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual via Zoom
Free and open to the public. Reservations required.
Join multidisciplinary artist James Allister Sprang in deep listening—what he describes as a radical action that allows us to slow down, turn inward, and heal. Deep listening consciously brings awareness to the present moment while welcoming our bodies, our ancestors, our traumas, our pain, our longings, visions, and dreams.
A 40-minute soundscape of layered tape recordings and modulated synths, Aquifer of the Ducts is meant to be experienced with headphones in the comfort and safety of your home. This sonic quilt of looping vignettes culminates in a journey of accumulative departures and returns. Guided by Sprang, this live meditation offers a retreat.
This presentation builds on the Performing Arts Series engagement with Bryn Mawr College’s 2020-2021 Flexner Lecturer, Fred Moten. To complement Moten’s Flexner lectures, the Performing Arts Series is engaging with a number of artists whose work responds actively to Moten’s thinking and teaching.
Creator James Allister Sprang
Vocals Starr Busby
Performance Shayla-Vie Jenkins
Audio Engineer Brendan McGeehan
Video excerpts of original artwork, “x-routes,” 2018 and “Tracing the Veer (stillness a pressure),” 2019 DB Amorin
James Allister Sprang (Lead Artist/Performer) is a first-generation Caribbean-American who works across mediums to investigate poetics, performance, gesture, and the ways in which they are documented. This work is informed by the black radical tradition. Sprang has read, shown, or performed at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Apollo Theater, Abrons Arts Center, the Brooklyn Museum, The Public Theater, David Nolan Gallery, AUTOMAT Gallery, Vox Populi, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Emerson-Dorsch Gallery, FringeArts, Knockdown Center, and The Kitchen.