3 Scores and The People’s Mic Khutba / 3 Partituras Y La Mic Khutba De La Gente is a book of scores that includes a Friday khutba. It responds to social life under conditions of siege, imprisonment, disappearance, deportation and surveillance of friends, families, lovers and strangers. Bodies standing, sitting, kneeling, suspended, stripped and strapped down, at rest and restless, side by side and in solitary, in moments of debility and disability are this work's conditions of possibility. These scores are animated by the sounds of prayer, chants, recitations, cries, and hands striking flesh but also by whispers and silences that give way to breath and breathlessness. We score a manual for the already there, and imagine how we might gather and speak aloud and together.
3 Scores and The People’s Mic Khutba draws from institutional and personal archives of prayer books and religious manuals as well as vernacular practices that are not scored. The book includes transliterations and translations in English, Urdu, and Arabic with an iteration in Puerto Rican inflected Spanish, Urdu and Arabic produced particularly for this installation at CLUB in Performance Space New York in the Lower East Side.
The scores are the basis for a series of installations and performances, some without audiences, at multiple sites across the world.