". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Live From the Field: Report from Experience Music Project

Vaquero and his crews are kickin' butt. He's not the only one sayin' that. Artists need to do in this time of crisis. What are you doing? This is what someone else is doing. Connections, human and skills, are being made, and thinking is in the house. This is what a conference such is Experience Music Project is supposed to be.

I get these phone calls from Vaquero, and he passes the cell around so I can talk to our mutual buddies and get their points of view as well. He just got out of this panel:

[ Resistance
Moderated by: Bernardo Attias
Venue: Learning LabsFeaturing:
Ned Sublette, “Música Popular: Surviving in Cuba and New Orleans, with Music”
Maurice Methot, “The Interface is the Message: Software Design as Resistance”
David Rubinson, “Napster As Cradle of the Revolution”
Peter Gordon, “Musical Action For an Authoritarian America: A Manifesto” ]

And new friends: I just talked with Citizen K, who is there, and has now met Vaquero in the theater in the round.

The panel that includes the hook-up from Havana (so Pablo Herrera could participate, as Cubans aren't allowed into the U.S. -- just as the U.S. won't allow us to go to Cuba) is just about to kick in.

[ The Gulf Stream
Moderated by: Ned Sublette
Venue: Learning Labs Featuring:
Larry Blumenfeld, “Funerals for the Undead: Marching in the Wake of the Floods”
Joel Dinerstein, “Second-Lining for Life … After Katrina”
Louis Head, “Fighting for the Sake of Music: US Cultural Policy, the Continuing Embargo Against Cuba, and the Response of US Artists and Arts Presenters”
Pablo Herrera, “Crisis and Healing in Cuban Popular Music” ]

I'm so happy and relieved. So much energy, work, thought and time has gone into this one from over here, and Vaquero feels already that all of that has been worth it and is paying off.

What else is going on can be looked at here.


K. said...

The panels were great, as was Vaquero's paper. I took copious notes!

Renegade Eye said...

I met Citizen K, when he emailed me, after finding on my blogger profile I'm a Ned Sublette fan.

The conference seems great.

OT" See this. My friend Beakerkin was caught commenting on Sonia's blog, as another identity.

Foxessa said...

K -- He's home now and so glad to be. Even for him all this travel and presentation and projection and performance basically non-stop since January has begun to wear him down.

Just one more trip, back to the DR for the book fair. Then we can settle in for the summer and write.

I'm glad you enjoyed the EMP ride. Really pleased you could attend and have a real life meet-up.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

Ren -- I guess these things happen online a lot, the presentation of multiple selves.

Love, C.