Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

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Please note a £14 festival pass is available but these can only be purchased through the Tramway Box Office - 0845 330 3501

Arika returns to Tramway following the success of our 2012 Episodes, and programme in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.  Each Episode is a kind of festival or salon: a convivial social space for different experimental art forms; a series of interesting, intense, challenging, thought-provoking performances, discussions and explorations of radical ideas with leading artists and thinkers.  See www.arika.org.uk for the full programme and schedule.

“New Black Music is this: Find the self, then kill it.”
Amiri Baraka


What is the link between radical black art forms (Free Jazz, Improvisation, Poetry…) and the fugitive spaces that produced them (the AACM, the Black Arts Movement).  Taken together, are they an attempt to create an alternate sociality: an ensemblic, collective, non-individualistic performance of blackness?  Is this the performance of freedom - as encounter, rupture, collision, and passionate response; as a necessarily political, necessarily aesthetic, necessarily erotic black social life?  And how can we relate, artistically and socially to those art forms and politics today, here in Glasgow?


Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle is our attempt to think about that through performances and discussions with of some of the great American jazz artists and writers, critics and poets, their European counterparts, and with people in Glasgow who might have something to say in return.
Involving: Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Henry Grimes, Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker, John Tilbury, Fred Moten, Ray Brassier, Daniel Carter, Mattin, Teresa María Díaz Nerio, No-Total, Or staying within the tale, M. NourbeSe Philip, Howard Slater.
Arika would like to dedicate Episode 4 to their friend, Jazz musician and co-founder of the New York City Artists’ Collective, Tom Bruno (1932-2012). http://tombrunothedrummer.tumblr.com
Then, Episode5: Hidden in Plain Sight will be 24 – 26 May at Tramway. 
Voguing and the House|Ballroom scene, (trans-temporal) drag, lip syncing, public feelings, queer film, trauma, feeling bad, deep/ queer house and clubbing, low theory…the resistance of compulsory heterosexuality and the radical communities that make different performances of gender and sexuality visible.


Co-produced by: Arika and Tramway
Supported by: Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, PRS Foundation

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