ETERNAL SEPTEMBER is an alternate reality consisting of an ever-expanding network of audio, video, and hypertext. The project is brought to life through artistic residencies, ritual capture events, and site-specific installations. Upon completion, all ETERNAL SEPTEMBER content is extensively documented via its own wiki, a system discrete entirely from the IRL internet, and made available to the general public. The world of ETERNAL SEPTEMBER is developed collectively by a group of uniquely talented musicians, multimedia artists, and creative technologists from a diverse array of stylistic backgrounds. ETERNAL SEPTEMBER collaborators, either as individuals or in groups, create content as alternate reality versions of themselves, or "morphs" - a process reflective both of the early utopian days of the internet and the process of tulpamancy described in Buddhist mysticism. Morphing allows ETERNAL SEPTEMBER collaborators to freely explore repressed artistic impulses without IRL implications. New artists are brought into the creative process organically via existing relationships with the ETERNAL SEPTEMBER team as new content is developed. The project was created by William Brittelle and is produced in partnership with the Brown Arts Institute, Metropolis Ensemble, and other presenters (Cincinnati Symphony, Walker Art Center, Great Northern Festival), venues, music studios (Figureight, Machines With Magnets), and record labels (New Amsterdam). ETERNAL SEPTEMBER is the premiere initiative of Project Tulpa, a non-governmental organization dedicated to exploring the power and nature of consciousness.

Is Ali

BAI Fellow

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan

Percussion

Holland Andrews

Vocals/Spirit Guide

Eliza Bagg

Vocals

Rafiq Bhatia

Electric Guitar/Production

William Brittelle

Creative Director/Music/Text

Ian Chang

Percussion/Remote Mixing

Erika Dohi

Synths/Harpsichord

Ariel Engle

Vocals

Chris Fishman

Keyboards/Bluetooth Mask

Isaac Gale

Filmmaker/Visuals

Morgan Guerin

Bass, Saxophone, Synths

Cassius Hall

BAI Fellow

Claire Hentschker

Experimental Tech

Jackson Hill

Fretless Bass, Mixing

Shahzad Ismaily

Percussion, Bass, Production

Will Johnson

Vox, Advising, Image Capture

Channy Leaneagh

Spoken Word

David Leon

Saxophone, Woodwinds

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo

vocals, concepts

Patrick Marschke

Web Development, Drums

Andrew Noseworthy

Engineering, Recording, Mixing

Aditya Prakash

Vocals

Aeryn Jade Santillan

Screams, Guitar

Tee Topor

Web/Graphic Design

Phong Tran

Digital Video/Audio

Jenn Wasner

Vocals

Immanuel Wilkins

Saxophones, Flute

Timo Vollbrecht

Saxophones

COLLABORATING ENSEMBLES

Constellation Chor

Voice, Movement

Metropolis Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth

Voice, Movement

PRODUCTION TEAM

Metropolis Ensemble

Producer, Ensemble, Commissioner

Brown Arts Institute

Producer, Commissioner, Residency Host

Cincinnati Symphony

Commissioner, Presenter

New Amsterdam Records

Partner Label

Figure 8 Recording

House Studio/Label

Walker Art Center

Commissioner, Presenter

The Great Northern

Commissioner, Presenter

Woods Hole Institute

Residency Partner

James Egelhofer

Project Manager

Kate Nordstrum

Creative Producer

Molly Pearson

Creative Producer

Disidentifications

Disidentifications

Written by Jose Esteban Munoz in 2003. Presents the term disidentification to refer to the set of techniques employed by queer performaers of color, as a survival mechanism necessary to navigate historically racist and homophobic institutions and audiences. Disidentifications allows for forms of communication among queer populations that would otherwise be impossible, while also disrupting conventional habits of the consumption of art and performance.

Relevant Topics

  • Queer Theory
  • Performance Studies
  • Psychoanalysis

Postmodernism

Postmodernism

Written by Frederic Jameson in 1989, investigates and responds to the cultural shifts brought by the proliferation of digital technologies and the reorganization of global capital. Essentially, the book is an attempt to explain why the 70s and 80s were/are so confusing. One notable chapter presents the idea that multimedia art involves a "surrealism without the unconscience"

One important effect of postmodernism is its tendency to treat artists more and more like factory workers.

Relevant Topics

  • Postmodernism
  • Capitalism

Sovereignty of Quiet

Sovereignty of Quiet

Written by Kevin Quashie in 2016, proposes an alternative to conventionally "loud" and public forms of resistance to white supremacy. An underappreciated aspect of the text is its emphasis on practices of attunement through the production and consumption of creative labor, which lends itself to a framing of art and media through terms of ritual.

Relevant Topics

  • Black Feminism