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Jakub won various prizes for his compositions among others the main prize Nuberg in and and was selected for artistic residencies Czech Centre: - Wien, - Madrid. In the same year he founded Ensemble Terrible - an ensemble of young m usicians based at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. With this ensemble Jakub organizes concerts to open the gates of the academy and the new generation of composers towards the public. Here is Jakub's website. Ensemble Terrible. Ensemble Terrible Prague is comprised mostly of current students and graduates of the Music and Dance Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and performs the music of the 21st century with an eye toward the future.
For ET the division of genres between cultures high and low, good and bad lacks illigitimacy—what may seem "terrible" now may soon be considered beautiful. The ensemble presents new work of HAMU faculty and students while working cooperatively with students of dance and choreography. Flutist Camilla Hoitenga Germany is at home on stages all over the world, playing not only the C-flute but also the alto, bass, and piccolo flute and other varieties of her instrument. Her repertoire ranges from pre-Bach to post Stockhausen, from concertos to music for flute alone from state-of-the art pieces for live video and electronics and interdisciplinary projects.
A frequent guest in Japan, and with a great interest in Japanese culture, she has also premiered dozens of pieces written for her by Japanese composers. Commissions for her own music and improvisation have come from painters and sculptors e. Further inspiration came especially from her work with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Since she has been a member of the contemporary music ensemble Moens.
She is a known interprete of contemporary music. Click photos to enlarge. A lbert Bayona is a visual artist and cultural promoter. He was th e director of this School between His arts works involve many different disciplines like paintings, drawing, photography, video, digital technology and music. At the age of six he started studiying musical theory and singing with his mother.
He quickly joined the C. With this latter, he was later initiated to composition. His primary focus is the intersection of color, texture, rhythm and movement. In , Jay provided live visuals and electronics during a North American tour with his band Modality. For more information, visit nojayart. N aren Wilks is an artist who creates short films, music videos and interactive artworks in order to explore an obsession with rotational symmetry.
He has pioneered an image-making technique which involves the recording of live action from the combined perspectives of a multiple camera setup, to create a mind bending kaleidoscopic vision. His short films and music videos have picked up awards at film festivals worldwide. He was born in Yeovil in and lives in Bristol. As a recent composer he has had success having had his first orchestral debut with the piece Ulvetid, performed by Arctic Philharmonics February, Still from Abbott's "Ways of Kissing" film.
G abrielle Abbott is a multi-media artist from Seattle whose work explores feminism, sexuality and social justice. In addition to directing the film, she performs in it alongside Barnaby Brookman a professional actor from Bristol, UK, known for his comedic and musical abilities. Through frequently presenting raw and physical sound materials in unusual close-up performance spaces, Her work intend to stimulate a sense of intimacy for the audience, which addresses the dialectic relationship between private and public in a performance. Jue explores dramatic forms of performance including object-oriented performance, magic shows, sound sculptures and videos.
Her ongoing immersive theatrical project series, titled Bedroom Performances, intend to bring together all these theatrical and magical elements in the most immersive sense. As a Ph. She seeks more opportunities to bring young performers and young audiences into the realm of experimental music.
Jue received her B. David contributed greatly to Echofluxx 12 as a technician, performer , U-Stream interviewer and video-photo documentarian for Echofluxx See David's site here. Dan Senn Prague-Wisconsin is an intermedia artist working in music composition, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia. Dan travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist living in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner- collaborator, Caroline Senn.
Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. His music is published by Smith Publications of Baltimore. He is the artistic director of Echofluxx which he cofounded along with Anja Kaufmann in Opening Performance Orchestra. Something that doesn't speak or talk like a human being, that doesn't know its definition in the dictionary or its theory in the schools, that expresses itself simply by the fact of its vibrations.
People paying attention to vibratory activity, not in reaction to a fixed ideal performance, but each time attentively to how it happens to be this time, not necessarily two times the same. A music that transports the listener to the moment where he is.
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Susan Hefner and Michael Evans. Echofluxx Ensemble. He is a multimedia sound, video, and performance artist who specializes in generative proce sses. He taught photography at San Jose State University in California as well as interned for several artists in the Los Angeles and New York areas, but considers the west central coast of Florida his true home. He is married and has two cats with his wife. E lisabeth Ajtay was born and raised behind the iron curtain and growing up in Western Germany, Elisabeth Ajtay is a conceptual artist primarily working in photography.
Her work reflects and questions western culture with themes related to advertising, the psychological impacts of technology and the notion of home. Her multi-facetted practice is a reflection on her translation from growing up in, and, constantly moving between two different systems. Ajtay's work is in numerous private collections.
B rigid Burke is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances.
Echofluxx Ensemble performing the vs. See photo documentation of E15! Presentations start on 3rd floor at h. Echofluxx 17 Description Echofluxx 17 is a festival of new media, visual art, and experimental music produced by Efemera of Prague. The echo of the fluxus movement resonates in this time—an ongoing hedge against the exclusivity of discipline-specific art and music.
Echofluxx 17 , a festival of new media, art and music, presents a spectrum of new art and music, from experimental film and poetry, to experimental music and art. It uses an organic curatorial method, with artists suggesting artists who would like to present with other artists, and so on. The festival is made possible with the assistance of volunteer help and in-kind support. The banner at the top of this page is from a larger work by composer, performer and visual artist Brigid Burke of Melbourne, Australia. He is president of the board of Emmedia Gallery and Production Society and co-founder of the Sensorium Lab a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinesthetic perception and interpretation.
W il Pertz is an American freelance composer currently residing and performing in South Korea. His music seeks to push the limits of expectation by mixing elements of tradition in classical music with current forms of technology. In this way, the music may be considered to be a journey in time and space, where each moment of the journey is undifferentiated from the previous or next moment.
J ing Wang , a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. Wang has participated in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. As an active erhu performer, she has introduced the Chinese indigenous erhu into Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, avant-garde jazz improvisations and multicultural ensembles.
She has also successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she teaches electroacoustic music, composition, and music theory. The artist's website , J akub Rataj is a Czech composer of orchestral, chamber and electro-acoustic music. Behold, this was the iniquity of Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness And they were haughty and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good".
Note that in this context 'abomination' means human sacrifice and idol worship, not shared tax breaks for long-term same-sex couples, or sexual practices you can see on cable after 10 o'clock. Furthermore, 'abomination' is at the end of the laundry list. The primary sin of Sodom, by this account, was that their society was materialistic, greedy and uncharitable. Social and economic justice is a thread that runs through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament alike, and it is not difficult to extrapolate this to modern struggles for equality, such as those of LGBT people.
When governmental and religious institutions and their leaders perpetuate oppression, it would not be farfetched to say that they are committing the actual sin of Sodom. Leviticus deals with issues of ritual purity and proscribed behavior. Traditionally attributed to Moses it is part of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible , Leviticus was probably written by the author modern scholars call 'P'. Now when one hears the word 'Leviticus,' a red flag or yellow card should go up.
In a nutshell, the Levitical laws were added to the text of the Bible at a very late date, by an author high in the religious hierarchy, a priest hence the 'P'. These are the legalisms that Jesus is constantly deprecating in the New Testament, and the Talmudic Rabbis delight in picking apart. Given the force of divine law by fiat, they ruled every aspect of daily life.
Once the ancient Jewish ritual complex was destroyed, many of these laws simply became impossible to follow. Others were fossilized prohibitions from the time when Jews were striving to preserve their cultural identity in a sea of paganism. Leviticus and Leviticus are the two Bible verses which are most often cited as support for scriptural condemnation of homosexuality; the latter verse even demands that such behavior be punished by death.
Both verses refer specifically to male homosexuality, but not female. There is a condemnation of both male and female cross-dressing in Deuteronomy as 'an abomination'. However, no particular punishment is specified. By contrast, the same chapter specifies harsh punishments for other transgressions: death by stoning of non-virgin brides [Deu ] , likewise both participants in an act of adultery [Deu. The background of the condemnation of homosexuality in Leviticus is a fascinating subject. The Jews were in conflict with Pagans who also resided in ancient Palestine. There was a lot of pressure for Jews to adopt various practices of the Pagans, to become just another religion in the melting pot.
And so scriptural injunctions were developed which prohibited certain distinctive Pagan beliefs and practices, such as tree and stone worship and some forms of divination. Pagan religions of the ancient Near East had male priests who, to honor a Goddess figure, emulated women. For a late classical description of this belief system, refer to The Syrian Goddess.
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These priests, called Kedeshim in the Tanach, like other shamans world-wide, cross-dressed, took on economic and social roles normally associated with females and in some cases even castrated themselves. They also enaged in sexual acts as part of their ceremonies, similar to the Tantric practices.
This included sex with other men. For instance, in 1 Kings , the KJV has 'there were also sodomites in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. The rules against males cross-dressing and having sex with other men were based on opposition to this priesthood. However, over time it was generalized to similar behavior, regardless of whether it was part of a spiritual practice.
The prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus was used subsequently for hundreds of years as a precedent for the persecution of gays, and has been quoted in legal reasoning up to the present day. The book of Leviticus contains many harsh commandments and regulations, and much of it can't be reconciled with modern life or contemporary standards of justice and human rights. Some other points of interest in Leviticus include:.
Most Christian and Jewish groups today hold that many of the rules in Leviticus and elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible should not be considered binding, or at worst, minor sins if transgressed, and that the harsh punishments are obsolete. And Jesus is quoted see below as saying that the law should consist of two rules, namely love for God and love for one's neighbor; this is an implicit criticism of the complicated and often extreme regulations of Leviticus. There is an extensive and very sympathetic description of a same-sex relationship in the Bible, the story of David and Jonathan, e.
While their bond is described as non-sexual, it is difficult to characterize it as purely one of friendship.
Jonathan was the son of Saul, David's nemesis. Their souls are described as 'knit together'. David and Jonathan 'made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. To mark this convenant, Jonathan literally gives David the clothes off of his back, as well as other gifts such as weapons. Later in the narrative, Jonathan successfully intercedes with Saul to spare David's life.
At their last meeing, 1 Samuel , they are described as kissing one another and weeping together.
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David's grief at Jonathan's death is profound and moving. In Davids lament for Jonathan he describes their friendship as ' sur passing the love of women'. This elegy, 2 Samuel This narrative far outweighs the two trivial aspersions against same-sex love in Leviticus. The bigots who use the Bible to assault gays are apparently blind to it. In the four Gospels, Jesus is portrayed throughout with a message of love and tolerance.
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Not once does he condemn homosexuals, demand that they be put to death, etc. Such a pronouncement would be a profound departure from the rest of the text.
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For instance, in Matthew , Jesus is quoted as saying:. Not so with the disciple Paul. In Romans Paul condemns both male and female homosexuality as 'against nature' hence the term 'unnatural act'. Notably, this is the sole reference to female homosexuality in the entire Bible. In 1 Corinthians Paul says that the 'effeminate' shall ' not inherit the Kingdom of God'.
In 1 Timothy Paul brands 'those who defile themselves with mankind' as criminals, along with thieves and murderers. These passages in the Epistles are the only three places where homosexuality is mentioned in the NT. Later, early Christian writers elaborated on Paul's themes. This led to centuries of persecution of LGBT people in Europe, often with concealed agendas related to political infighting or outright extortion.
An early example of this was the Byzantine Emperor Constantine, who put in place discriminatory laws against homosexuals, and then proceeded to use those laws to blackmail and marginalize rivals. Refer to the Secret History of Procopius , e. Chapter XVI, p. Actually this is kind of a trick topic. There is no mention of gay marriage in the Bible except, possibly, the account of the 'covenant' of David and Jonathan. But neither is there any mention of representative democracy, electricity, the Internet, or polyester clothing.
For the vast majority of Christians and Jews even those that believe in Biblical inerrancy , just because something isn't mentioned in the Bible doesn't necessarily mean that it is sinful or forbidden. Unless you are Amish, of course, in which case you probably shouldn't be reading this in the first place The Bible is a smorgasbord for those who need just one out-of-context quote to justify their personal views on marriage.
Depending on which pinhole you look through, the Bible can be cited as both approving or forbidding polygamy, monogamy, divorce, and lifelong celibacy. So it is no wonder that there are quotes that can be manipulated in the same way to condemn gay marriage. For instance, the often quoted Genesis : And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Now before you say, "Aha! This passage also has mystical overtones which literalists are apt to completely miss or ignore. It implies that Adam was at one time united with Eve in the same body, and the reason that people seek companionship is because they are searching for their missing half. This is similar to Plato's theory of the androgyne. Also, both in the Tanach and the NT, marriage is used as a metaphor for the union of the soul with God , which is obviously binary. In the Tanach, marriage practises such as bigamy, polygamy, concubinage, arranged and levitrate marriages are described as normal, as in fact they were at the time.
All of these types of marriage are today either illegal in most western countries or considered highly unusual, much more so than monogamous same sex unions. Note that out of all of these arrangements, only marrying two sisters is explicitly forbidden in Leviticus 18 ; however it is permitted to marry a deceased wife's sister.
So it is absolutely disingenuous to speak of 'traditional marriage' as a codeword for heterosexual monogamy as biblical. It is even more absurd when this concept is uttered by members of the clergy, who really should know better. However, in at least one passage in the NT, marriage is defined as monogamous. In Mark , Jesus is quoted as saying:. One reader commented that this passage proves that Jesus "hated [gays]".
If you take this at face value, it says that remarriage after divorce is equivalent to adultery. The passage is just a restatement of the passage from Genesis, leading up to the conclusion 'let no man put asunder'. In , Jesus explains the concept again, just in case we missed the point the first time around. As usual, the language attributed to Jesus is very specific and transparent. Also of interest is 1 Timothy : Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;. Here Paul disapproves of the prohibition of marriage, as well as the practise of vegetarianism.
This is probably a reference to a Gnostic group, some of whom were vegetarians.
A few Gnostics and early Christians were opposed to marriage in any form including monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Marriage was considered a grave sin by some of the early Church fathers , and the only way into the kingdom of heaven to be the lifelong mortification of the flesh. This passage by Paul from the Epistles weighs in against this particular concept. On the other hand, some Gnostics and early Christians practiced group marriage, taking 'holding all things in common' to the extreme. One wonders about Paul's condemnation of vegetarians.
Will some future US President float a constitutional ammendment mandating that vegetarians eat meat? Will conservative Christians organize abusive demonstrations at health food stores? Does God hate tofu? The sanctioned form of marriage in Judaism and Christianity has continued to evolve over the centuries. Policies on divorce have varied widely. There was a liturgy for same sex unions in one branch of the Eastern Orthodox church. During the Middle Ages and well into the renaissance, the vast majority of European marriages were 'common-law,' and had no religious sanction: church weddings were far too expensive for most people.
Mormons originally practised polygamy, although they ceased that as a condition for Utah statehood. Today, same sex unions are consecrated in some liberal Jewish and Christian denominations. Some interpret the passages above to imply condemnation of gay marriage, or to justify their prejudices against LGBT people. The reader is encouraged to look at the entire context and make up their own mind. Male homosexuality is only implied in the Qur'an, and there is no mention of lesbians or transexuals.
The story of Lot is repeated numerous times e. The Yusuf Ali translation of runs: "Of all creatures in the world will ye approach males, and leave those whom God has created to be your mates, Nay ye are a people transgressing all limits". These passages reflect the post-classical Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Sodom narrative, as well as Aristotle's widely accepted but incorrect view that animals do not engage in homosexual acts.
In context, the Qur'an mentions other cities which were destroyed, not just Sodom; including the legendary cities of 'Ad and Thamud. These have much different narratives. For instance, in Thamud "there were in the city nine persons who despoiled the land and did not right. In Surah 11 a parallel is drawn between the story of Lot and the Biblical flood narrative of Noah. This is a constant theme that runs throughout the Qur'an.
It draws freely from Biblical, Talmundic and traditional Arabic lore of civilizations overwhelmed by catastrophes brought on by hubris. The common motif of these stories is that the people of these cities defy God, and ignore his prophets; not that they engage in particular sexual practices. God is warning, through the Qur'an, that He is the creator and destroyer of all things. This is a much larger concern, on a cosmic scale, than what people do in their bedrooms.
There is a possible mention of male homosexuality in Surah Yusuf Ali translates this as:. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone ; for God is oft-returning, Most Merciful" emphasis inserted. Palmer's translation of the same passage is : "And if two of you commit [adultery], then hurt them both; but if they turn again and amend, leave them alone, verily God is easily turned, compassionate".
Adultery is implied from the previous paragraph. Palmer notes : "the commentators are not agreed as to the nature of the offence here referred to.http://qooru.com/los-muertos-mandan-clsicos-de.php
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The punishment to be inflicted is also the subject of dispute. There is also a cryptic passage in Surah 76 : one of the rewards in Paradise is described as "eternal boys Whether these are supposed to simply be attendants or companions is left to the imagination. There is, however, explicit condemnation of homosexuality in the Hadith, which are traditional sayings from early Islam which have acquired legal status.
For instance, Williams in his anthology Islam , quotes the following Hadith p. Islamic societies through history have both tolerated and persecuted LGBT people, sometimes at the same time.