An abstract painting painting using pink and blue ink in an organic shape.

Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love.

Ashon Crawley
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6PM

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 will present 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.

Main Image: Ashon Crawley, Dancing In One Spot Number 6. Courtesy of the artist.


Ashon Crawley presents his talk Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love. in the Theater Fall, 2019.

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Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Sound. Quantum Love.
Ashon Crawley
Wednesday 30
6:00 PM
October 2019
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EMPAC Fall 2019

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EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.