The sound-art collective Ultra-red is concerned with the intersection of sound and politics. Collective listening procedures serve as foundation of their exhibition Vogue’ology (at Parsons’ Aronson Gallery, November 17 through 30) which examines the possibilities for establishing an archive of the House/Ballroom community. These procedures have been deployed by the exhibition’s curatorial and archive teams to process and select fragments and phrases from House/Ballroom oral histories and vogue descriptions for the exhibition. Their interpretation will be further provoked and utilized to encourage visitors to move through the exhibition space. On occasion of Vogue’olgy, members of Ultra-red consider this intersection of sound and politics in a public event with artists, union organizers, historians and representatives of Ballroom ministries. The audience is invited to engage with sound as an object of reflection and with listening as a means of political organizing.

Dont Rhine and Robert Sember, 2009/2010 Vera List Center Fellow

Edgar Riviera Colon and Rev. Jamaul Roots, Ballroom Ministries
Karen Hakobian, human rights advocate and musician
Paige Sarlin, artist and member of 16 Beaver
Alex Waterman, musician, writer, curator and member of Plus Minus Ensemble and Either/Or Ensemble

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