Space 204 (Vanderbilt University) / E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, 1204 25th Ave. S. September 25, 2019 - September 25, 2019

Alejandro T. Acierto, Ammie Brod, Zachary Good, Ryan Packard

we continue to sustain ourselves is an evening-long work of two contrabass clarinets, viola, percussion, and interactive media. Working with feedback as a broadly defined phenomena, this work becomes a way to devise other forms of relation and being, where our bodies intersect, pay, and intervene on and with technological systems built as extensions of ourselves. A meditation for queers of color, feedback becomes a metaphor that articulates our orientations as it registers our proximities. It reveals itself in the space between the input and output and overwhelms us with a trace of what has always existed. Here, we are made present in the recognition of our past and in the insistence of our continuation – the ongoing loop where the past is amplified until it’s not, where the future is held under the conditions of space, and where the present is contingent on the then and there. For feedback that was previously always avoided, hushed, and excluded from audio systems, we envision its presences as a reminder to sustain our bodies and ourselves. Though noisy in its recurrence, this feedback offers us a moment of refuge, a moment of forever, and moment of always.


Alejandro T. Acierto, contrabass clarinet, electronics, and media
Ammie Brod, viola
Zachary Good, contrabass clarinet
Ryan Packard, percussion and objects

A program as part of Studio Art Sessions: 2019 Department of Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition with support from the Center of Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt University, the Department of Art and the Program for Cinema and Media Arts.