Friday October 11, 6-7pm
Join composer, video artist and performer Paul Rucker in a public conversation as he tackles the idea of “empathy” and asks for participation from the audience to help inform this work-in-progress.
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Recapitulation is a music and visual installation demonstrating the parallels between slavery and the contemporary prison industrial complex through animation, digital stills, sculpture, original music compositions, interactive sound and video. Although “slave” and “convict” are different in name, these labels share similar limitations and expectations. Both have faced exploitation for labor, a loss of rights and disenfranchisement. Currently over 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the U.S.; 40 percent are African Americans, although they comprise only 12 percent of the country’s total population. In Recapitulation, Paul Rucker will respond to the vast numbers affected by both institutions and the disparity in the racial makeup of the prison population.
Top image: September 15, 1963 Birmingham, Alabama from the Soundless Series by Paul Rucker, 2013