SOUND HEALING PERFORMANCES FEATURING ASIF MIAN, NEEL MURGAI, AND HPRIZM

When 25 Jul 2021
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Where Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
United States

Join us for an afternoon of sound-based meditation and experimental music performance presented in conjunction with artist Asif Mian’s exhibition RAF: Prosthetic Location. Mian will lead a visual meditation that merges with a sound experience by Neel Murgai using vibrational humming, sitar, overtone singing, percussion and audio looping. This will be followed by a special site-responsive set by the music producer, composer, and new media artist HPRIZM.

Prosthetic Location is the newest iteration of Mian’s multi-chapter project RAF that investigates how ritual, behavior, and memory are impacted by violence and its perception. The narrative in Prosthetic Location surrounds an unsolved trauma from the artist’s own life, not as a linear or static occurrence, but rather a continuum of interpretations, reenactments, and reverberations. For Mian, producing the work is a form of investigative therapy for processing the events and forces that haunt him. Like artmaking, meditation has served an essential and grounding role in Mian’s healing process, often woven into his interdisciplinary practice through a ruminating and introspective approach to sculptural materials as well as incorporation of humming and vibratory sound.

Mian will lead a visual meditation that merges with a sound experience by musician, composer, and teacher Neel Murgai. The guided meditation and sound performance will converge to include Mian’s vibrational humming as well as Murgai’s sitar, overtone singing, percussion and audio looping to create psychedelic drones, raga melodies, overtone chants and primal rhythms. This one hour experience will take place in the Queens Museum’s Skylight Gallery with visitors seated on the floor.
Beginners to meditation and visitors of all ages are welcome to join this guided experience. Participants are encouraged to bring yoga mats, blankets, or cushions for their comfort, with limited blankets available for visitors at the Museum.

This meditation and sound performance will flow into a special site-responsive set by the music producer, composer, and new media artist HPRIZM inside Mian’s exhibition. HPRIZM’s work draws from poetry, hip hop, Afrofuturism, and the early 90s experimental arts community in NYC’s Lower East Side. The sound performance will reflect on the healing power of vibration in the aftermath of violence and the current circumstances of this past year.

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Image courtesy of the event organizer.