Through this workshop participate with us in practising attention as taught by black feminist prophetic traditions. We will learn how to re-weave connection with ecological modes of listening, noticing patterns, and caretaking through the wisdom of our attention.
Led by brontë Velez with Jiordi Rosales.
Throughout dominant histories, acts of prophesying are often focused on discrete instances of grand proclamation from a single, messianic individual. We seek to refocus our attention to prophecy as an act of receptivity rather than assertion — ecologizing the prophet into communal gesture rather than one individual’s ascent above the flock. In this experimental exercise, we will explore several dimensions and states of listening through which to instigate collective receptivity to divine interruption.
Black feminist prophetic attention can open us into black ancestral technologies that permit us to connect with ancestors and future beings (human and more-than-human) across deep time and space. It is about a re-weaving of connection with ecological modes of listening, noticing patterns, caretaking through the wisdom of our attention.
Utilizing live music, poetry, and film, we will trace the soundscape of Lead to Life’s 2019 public alchemy ceremony. During this ceremony, community members from across Oakland, California gathered to melt guns into star-moulds reflecting the constellations above Oscar Grant the evening he was murdered ten years prior. In re-tracing this soundscape and imagery, we seek to instigate what Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips call “black quantum futurism.” Through collapsing dominant orientations towards linear time and the fixedness of “events”, we are called to revive the prophecies that emerged from that evening and fold participants into that memory as a practice of cultivating kairos, divination, and prophetic community.
brontë velez will lead this workshop with Jiordi Rosales as a co-host. Jiorid is an ecomusicologist and will support with live music as a cellist and luthier, weaving in the wisdom of Jewish and “nepantlerx” prophetic lineages, to accompany the practice of black feminist prophetic attention.
This workshop is part of the series Listening to each other, Listening to Earth. This event strand is a response to the urgent need for climate justice and building peace with Earth as a sacred living being. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of Black people, and people of colour.
brontë is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). as a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, designer, trickster, and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking & prophetic community traditions, environmental justice, and death doulaship.
they embody this commitment of attending to black health/imagination, commemorative justice and hospicing white supremacy through serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective (leadtolife.org), educator for ancestral arts skill and nature-connection school Weaving Earth (weavingearth.org), and quotidian black queer lifemaking ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life.
Jiordi (Hebrew variation of the river Jordan, meaning to descend or flow down) encounters himself most deeply in places of confluence and immersive study — attentive to the forms of learning that most permit joy, humour, mystery, and contradiction. Traced both by Xicano lineage, by way of East L.A. to the Sonoran desert in Northern Mexico, and Romani/Jewish lineages, Jiordi is most granted breath by inquires into sonic imagination — enraptured since childhood by the ways that sound is created, how it travels, and the variance of forms through which it is perceived and given meaning. These questions led to Jiordi’s apprenticeship as a stringed-instrument maker beginning when he was 14 years old, and specializing in arch-top guitars throughout early adulthood — he now seeks to weave together the relationships between sound and ecology, music and sanctuary, animal-tracking, Jewish liberation theology, and memory.
Jiordi’s current season of work is in discipleship to that which evades the archive. He is a curator for The Emergence Network, and holds an M.A. in Ecology & Spirituality from the University of Wales. He currently devotes much of his time to running a land-base in Northern California, where he and his kindred are at work creating a posthuman research centre for sonic-ecology.
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