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Fri, Feb 26 2021 5:00 PM

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CCRMA presents Deproduction by Terre Thaemlitz—a sound/reading followed by Q&A with the artist. Register for the Zoom event!

1. Names Have Been Changed (Sound/Reading for Incest Porn)
2. Admit It's Killing You (And Leave) (Sound/Reading for Gay Porn)

For optimal listening, use a well balanced speaker system or headphones with full dynamic range. (Do not use built-in speakers on a laptop or cell phone, etc.) Because these works use little compression, and move between quiet and loud passages, it is recommended to set your volume level a bit louder than usual for your sound system, and leave it at a steady volume throughout. Adjust your base volume level during the first track, "Names Have Been Changed," so that the recurring string chords feel a bit on the loud side and fill your room.

A read-along text document will be available during the event.


Deproduction is a multi-media album by Terre Thaemlitz, sold as an 8GB SDHC card containing audio (48k/24bit AIFF files), video (86 min., HD 1920x1080) and texts (PDF). It was released on December 28, 2017 (JP: Comatonse Recordings, C.027). Two 12" vinyl EP's containing remixes by DJ Sprinkles were released in April, 2018 (JP: Comatonse Recordings, C.027.EP1 & C.027.EP2). The project was produced with support from documenta 14 and Akademie der Künste der Welt, with the world premiere at documenta 14 in Athens on July 9, 2017.

We live in an era in which dominant LGBT agendas are increasingly revolving around themes of family, matrimony, breeding and military service. The cultural terms for social analyses and organizing around such issues requires an aggressive capitulation to peculiarly Western Humanist notions of the nuclear family, as well as private and public space. As a result, Feminist and Queer critical rejections of family structures (nuclear and otherwise) are increasingly scarce. An ability to understand the abuses of family and domestic violence as symptoms of larger institutionalized dominations becomes virtually impossible.

In a stereotypically familiar and heteronormative manner, the anticipated promise behind today's Queer families is nothing more than the egocentric notion that familial abuses will be resolved by this generation being better parents than the previous generation. What is forever absent are discussions of what it means to deliberately not be a parent, and to deliberately abandon family. They remain as taboo as the notion of celebrating the relief of an abortion.

In Deproduction, Terre Thaemlitz investigates the awkward, uncomfortable and hypocritical power dynamics behind Western Humanist notions of family, and how they function internationally through processes of globalization.


Terre Thaemlitz (1968) is an award winning multi-media producer, writer, public speaker, educator, audio remixer, DJ and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. Her work combines a critical look at identity politics - including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race - with an ongoing analysis of the socio-economics of commercial media production. He has released over 15 solo albums, as well as numerous 12-inch singles and video works. Her writings on music and culture have been published internationally in a number of books, academic journals and magazines. As a speaker and educator on issues of non-essentialist Transgenderism and Queerness, Thaemlitz has lectured and participated in panel discussions throughout Europe and Japan. As of January, 2001, he resides in Japan.

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