Practice Sessions by Ultra-red

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6 - 8pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6 - 8pm
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6 - 8pm

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Ultra-red’s three-part “Practice Sessions” introduces the basics of the sound art collective’s practice. The workshops walk participants through the steps in what the collective calls "militant sound research." In many emancipatory political histories, political education gives a great deal of attention to how people in struggle listen to each other, to spaces and events, to experiences of oppression and liberation, to silence, and how we listen to resonances of commonality and contradiction. A militant sound investigation offers organizers, cultural workers, and community people an accessible process for practicing listening and developing collectivity within the context of ongoing and long-term struggle.

The first workshop examines how a research team organizes itself and develops a question that guides their inquiry. RSVP here.

The second workshop walks viewers through the process of making audio recordings that catalyze the collective reflections of community members. RSVP here.

The third video addresses putting together a listening session that generates new ideas and questions for the next stage of research. RSVP here

NOTE: It will be best if workshop participants attend all three sessions. In order to accommodate and orient participants who miss a session or can only attend one of the three, each session will include an overview of the full three-part process.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.