MUSIC: BLACK UTOPIA LP
From an enclosed paper strip in Sun Ra Arkestra – Black Utopia LP: A Cauleen Smith Movie, 2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, 2012: “Black Utopia directs the logic of string theory and the tactics of speculative fiction toward exploring the ephemeral Sun Ra – Alton Abraham Audio Archives at the Experimental Sound Studio, collected vintage Lp’s, interviews and eavesdroppingS recorded in Chicago from 2010 to 2012, and performed commissions from Chicago artists Krista Franklin and Avery R. Young.
“The LP is not so much a literal document of the life of Sun Ra, but a proposal for possible futures in imagined spaces and places. The audio component of the LP Movie is fixed and burned into wax. But the visual component is ever shifting and adapting to address the continued research of the artist as well as to involve the landscape and history of the spaces in which the LP is performed.” – Cauleen Smith
José Esteban Muñoz, "Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity", 2009 (PDF)