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Ashon Crawley: Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love.

Drawing upon the relationship of Black Pentecostalism to performance studies, as well as the relationship of quantum mechanics to the human experiences of loneliness and love, Ashon Crawley presented a lecture on his action painting practice as well as performative modes of breath, including shouting, noise, and speaking in tongues.

Ashon Crawley is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, African American, and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press), an investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imagination, as well as the forthcoming book, The Lonely Letters, an exploration of the interrelation of blackness, mysticism, quantum mechanics and love. All of his work is about otherwise possibility.

Talk: October 30, 2019

Curator: Ashley Ferro-Murray

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