Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

26–28 Sep 2014
Tramway & Stereo, Glasgow

Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead

M Lamar
19:00–20:15 Sat 27 Sep
 / Glasgow

Access by Festival Pass or Saturday Day Pass

  • A B&W shot of M Lamar prostrate and seemingly screaming
    M Lamar
  • A B&W shot of M Lamar wearing leather and heavy make-up
    M Lamar
  • A B&W shot of M Lamar standing by a stone wall by flashlight
    M Lamar

About the event

We’ve been thinking about what it might mean for M Lamar to moan in a perfectly sustained D below high C, in the middle of a queer black requiem for piano and voice that asks us to stay in the hold of the slave ship. Maybe an inchoate, wordless, unspeakable moan indicts ‘proper’ language – it tests and breaks the limits of what can be said. And maybe, in its dreadful beauty, that moaning asks us to think about whether enjoyment, or desire or fantasy could exist alongside suffering. Drawing on negro spirituals and Marion Williams, opera and Leontyne Price, M Lamar’s performances slide between noise and music, chatter and knowledge, pain and truth.

Speculum Orum will be performed as a 75-minute requiem, combined with movements from M Lamar’s upcoming release “Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche” – an imprisoned black man’s reflections on his life sentenced to death for killing his male overseer who was also his lover.