photo: marina thies

how do you discover mysticism?

something about the notion of “experience” as metaphor?

Excepts from Sam Ashley’s Audiotheque interview

924 lincoln road
miami beach

live webcast: spectacular system hosted by steve malagodi

In residence at Audiotheque in April, modern-day witch-doctor Sam Ashley offers simple windows onto things that occur in-between the “real world” and that which transcends it. His pieces are mostly about luck, hallucination and coincidence. Usually they include direct presentations of magic events, objects or phenomena.

Sam will stage, Luck, a program consisting of two works:
“In The Land of the Head Hunters” and “I Saw a Documentary About Insects”

“In The Land of the Head Hunters” is a parabolic true story of money and manifest destiny, of capitalism and cannibalism (a natural combination), set in the American Wild West. Or just a metaphor for “reality” (we start out with high hopes but end up eating each other)

It’s also one musical manifestation of the work-in-process study of “luck” and the connection between that and the true nature of manifest reality (or perhaps it’s a look into the question of why our modern languages have so few words for what witch doctors do), a research project that began in the early 1990s called “I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good” that has also included “The Las Vegas Roulette Experiments” and the trance retreats that I’ve been doing in the Mojave desert on average once a year for the last 12 years or so, known as “The ‘How About a Papaya’ Experiments.”

“I Saw a Documentary About Insects” is a music/performance demonstration of the workings of shamanic healing and related matters.

Sam Ashley will be in residence at Audiotheque from April 15-23, 2014.

More about Sam Ashley:
sam’s bio
“a fish clinging to water”, a film by Tim Perkis about Sam Ashley

This residency and its public events are possible with support from:

knight foundation | miami-dade county | city of miami beach | culture build florida

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