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Luke Martin composes, writes, and performs. His work aims to analyze, discover, stumble upon, etc. ways of imagining and living in a world beyond the domination of capital.
His various pieces are better described as experimental activities or practices against and beyond the subjectivities, logics, and relations in which we are inculcated - and by which we are repeatedly and violently separated from one another, from the earth, from ourselves. He often focuses, in that vein, on concepts and practices of silence, listening, absolute contingency, the virtual, and genuine immanence.
An overarching question that has been preoccupying him is what a practice of absolute contingency might be (its consequences, politics, ethics). Additionally: what the function of reclaimed (from their pale soulless neoliberal doubles) concepts of care (friendship, love), trust, honesty, and hope might be in building a new world within the wreckage of this one.
Grounding much of his work is writing by Quentin Meillassoux, Alain Badiou, John Holloway, Nina Power, Deleuze & Guattari, Jane Bennett, Frank Wilderson III, and others; as well as, and particularly, friends, artists, and writers involved in strains of anarchist and communist thought. He has also had the fortune of being influenced and inspired by many friends/mentors in and around the Wandelweiser Collective.
Luke has performed most recently and frequently with Ordinary Affects (guitar). He has worked with artists including: Aaron Foster Breilyn, Amnon Wolman, Andy Graydon, Andy Young, Christian Wolff, Eva-Maria Houben, Jennie Gottschalk, Joachim Eckl, James P. Falzone, Jürg Frey, Florian Dombois, Laura Cetilia, Leah Levinson, Michael Pisaro, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Ryoko Akama, Sarah Pitan, and TJ Borden. Luke co-directs, with Aaron Foster Breilyn, an annual experimental music festival in Boston, the co-incidence festival. He also produces vespers, a series of experimental music (on hiatus at the moment). He has had work released on reading group, elsewhere, Wandelweiser, dinzu artefacts, ftarri-meena, fwd:rcrds, another timbre, marginal frequency, and rhizome.s (future).
Luke lives in Saint Paul, MN and is making his way through a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society at The University of Minnesota. He has an M.F.A. in music composition from CalArts, where he studied with Michael Pisaro, and a B.A. in English and Music from Colby College.