june, 2017

1jun9:00 am- 5:00 pmThe Sound of Resistance Improvising AgencyVision Festival Conference 2017

Event Details

In collaboration with



The Sound of Resistance Improvising Agency

Conference 2017

The history of black improvised music brims with parables of resistance. Time and time again, in the face of oppression, artists and improvisers have raised their voices in sonorous defiance. What does this legacy mean at this moment, in 2017, as artists and citizens face new incarnations of old demons?

On June 1, Arts for Art, in collaboration with Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh, will convene its second one-day symposium of scholars, artists, and scholar-artists to address these and related issues.

Central themes will include:

The role of radical art in modern resistance movements

Musical responses to and resonances of Black Lives Matter

Improvised music’s long tradition of protest

International networks of artistic activism

Waging peace and cultivating shared humanity

The conference will feature a keynote address by poet and scholar Fred Moten, along with presentations by Ingrid Monson, Benjamin Piekut, Fumi Okiji, and Adam Zanolini. It will also include a roundtable of artists and improvisers speaking on activism and social justice. A full schedule is printed below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Maison Française (Buell Hall) East Gallery,

515 W 116th St, New York NY 10027

Columbia University, New York, NY

This conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Please pre-register at: https://tinyurl.com/n6o4ke4.

We invite all interested artists, scholars, students, and creative-music fans to join us in these vital conversations.

For more information on the Vision Festival activities and the full schedule, please visit http://www.artsforart.org/vf22.html


Organizing Committee: Scott Currie (University of Minnesota), Brent Hayes Edwards (Columbia University), Michael Heller (University of Pittsburgh), Fred Moten (University of California, Riverside), Patricia Nicholson Parker (Arts for Art)

Sponsored by: Arts for Art, Inc., Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


East Gallery, Buell Hall

515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027