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Ash Arder: Disco Gardens

Ash Arder

In January 2017, Recess launched Assembly to serve as an artist-led alternative to incarceration while empowering young people to take charge of their own life story and imagine a positive future through art. Through the 40-week Peer Leader program, our young people are exposed to various mediums of art making, careers in the arts, and internships at arts and culture spaces around the city as a pathway to a career in the arts. A guest artist joins each new cohort of the program and collaborates with youth on a project in our public storefront gallery.

May 30–August 3, 2019

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From May 30 to August 3, 2019, Ash Arder will develop Disco Gardens, a roving micro library and record shop devoted to the study of environmental concepts in Black music. Arder will create an interactive sonic and tactile installation using analog music and related ephemera as a framework for exploring the relationship between vegetal and human life. The performative and textual qualities of vinyl records and other library holdings will be examined through an eco-criticism lens, teasing out themes relating to ecology and the natural world. Through interactive workshops, listening sessions, and open study hours, the public will be invited to join Arder in deconstructing and remixing plant-based narratives in Black music and popular culture.

About the artist

Ash Arder



Ash Arder (b. 1988, Flint, Michigan) is a transdisciplinary artist whose research-based approach works to expose, deconstruct or reconfigure physical and conceptual systems – especially those related to ecology and/or industry. Ash manipulates physical and virtual environments to explore materials, mark making, mechanical portraiture and sound design as tools for complicating dynamics of power between humans, machines and the lands they occupy.

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