Listening Session: Seeing Through Flames: eleven theses on p-funk

a photo of P-funk standing on a street in costume
Image: Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop (1973)
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‘We left a riot and went to one’, eleven theses on p-funk

The study sessions are informal discussion groups. Seeing Through Flames is a series of auditory assemblages that turn listening into a collective channel of exchange. These sessions open out the ideas and themes of our research strand, Emergency & Emergence, and survey different possibilities of forming solidarity through sound and music.

Seeing Through Flames convenes diverse practitioners, united by themes of adaptability and remediation via trans-mediatic storytelling, and the conscious renegotiation of our relationships to nature. The series investigates speculative timelines in order to provoke and think through ways of being in the world, against contemporary planetary capitalism.

By looking at politics of spiritual transformation and collective imagination, these study-as-listening sessions explore the potential for the poetic and vibrational undoing of the knowledge that underpins concepts of the dominant modes of being, as well as the oppression those modes create to make ourselves and our planet anew.

This session will be led by Dhanveer Singh Brar & Louis Moreno and will map the music of a spatial dialectic that began sometime in 1967, a spatiotemporal riot which wasn't specific to the great rebellions of Newark or Detroit, but emerged in the interregnum between these two cities. This is the story of a project, maybe even a plan that came to be known as P-Funk, Parliament-Funkadelic, Uncut Funk —  The Bomb. 

About the event

Free for all.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one hour and a half. Seating is available.


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There are no audio descriptions for this event.

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Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing.

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Dhanveer Singh Brar is a writer, researcher, and teacher focussing on questions of race, culture, aesthetics, politics and theory from the mid-twentieth century to the present. He has published two books, Beefy’s Tune (Dean Blunt Edit) (The 87 Press), and Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century (Goldsmiths Press). Dhanveer currently works as a Lecturer in Black British History at the University of Leeds.

Louis Moreno’s research explores the spatial, historical and cultural modes of financial capitalism with a particular focus on architecture, urbanism and music. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures and the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London, London. Louis is a member of the collectives freethought, Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective and Unspecified Enemies.

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