Room EB.1.03, Docklands Campus, University of East London
Can sound subvert? Thinkers since Plato have assumed that it can, that social form and musical form are intrinsically linked, resonant, or pre-figurative of each other. In this seminar, leading and innovative thinkers will interrogate and explore these claims and their implications.
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Circus 2 at Stratford Circus, £3/£1
Why do different scenes generates different forms of dancing? How do differently configured sound systems create different party environments? Does the quality of sound matter anymore? Do we need DJs and party scenes now we’ve got the internet? Is London party culture suffering a death by property price inflation?
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Location: Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
Admission: £5 (£3 concs) + booking fee.
Handel Wright will analyse developments and limitations in the theories and politics of multiculturalism and diversity. He will be joined by Mica Nava, Roshini Kempadoo and Ashwani Sharma who will engage with Wright’s analysis from the perspectives of their own research and practice. The discussion will include a review of the usefulness of terms such as multiculturalism, diversity, interculturalism and cosmopolitanism in the contemporary political context. Accelerating global trends in online social environments, the arts and popular culture confound the debate and everyday experiences of difference and social justice. The panel asks if our established theoretical and creative practices are adequate to the challenges posed by neo-liberalism, transnational urban cultures and emergent forms of bio-political racism.
Continue reading How Do you Like Your Diversity? Unravelling Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Cosmopolitanism
THE CRAFT OF COOPERATION
Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and at New York University. In his long and distinguished career he has written fifteen exceptionally influential books, among them The Fall of Public Man (1977), The Conscience of the Eye (1991), The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998),Respect, In an Age of Inequality (2003), The Culture of the New Capitalism (2005), The Craftsman (2008) and, most recently, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation (2012)
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UEL Docklands Campus
The second event in the Music, Politics, Agency series, this symposium explores debates around gender, sexuality and sound. Contributions will be situated in contexts that range from the recording studio to hip-hop, classical music and the New York dance floor.
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UEL Docklands Campus
The boundaries of capitalist workspaces are continuously stretched to new limits. Work is pushed into the home, the obsolescent and the unconscious. Focusing on affective labour, new materialism and neuromarketing, this seminar looks initially beyond the media screens of the digital industries to the wasteful ecologies of obsolescent technology. It then explores resistance to contemporary capitalism extending to, for example, the refusal of caring labour. Last, it repositions the attentive subject of cognitive capitalism in a neurological space of absorbent and mostly unconscious consumption.
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Has electronic dance music culture reached the point of aesthetic exhaustion? Is sonic innovation now misunderstood by critics who aren’t connected to the dance music scene? Or is newness overrated to begin with?
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The current exhibition, Entanglement: The Ambivalence of Identity (14th September – 19th November 2011) curated by Iniva provides an opportunity to explore a context for international and artists of the diaspora, their work and its curation.
Cultural policy on identity, advocacy by artists, critics and theorists of African, Asian and Caribbean diaspora, and curatorial approaches to multiculturalism have most often shaped and determined the debates about artists from the colonial/postcolonial diaspora. Their work and status have been defined by such contexts over the last 20 years in Britain.
The panelists of Then and Now, Karen Alexander, Roshini Kempadoo (CCSR), Nina Mangalanayagam and Ashwani Sharma (CCSR) will explore how identity politics, definitions of blackness and internationalism are ongoing concerns for artists and curators albeit set within changing practices, definitions and attitudes. Against a historical backdrop of notes from Iniva’s archive, this panel will explore this legacy in a contemporary climate in which state multiculturalism is declared dead, where there are increasing pressures for public/private arrangements for art institutions, and where artists work within a hyper-globalised art environment.
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Jack Halberstam gave a riveting paper yesterday on her new book The Queer Art of Failure (2011), which looks at, amongst other things, how failure can be used to mobilize radical politics.
To listen to a podcast of the talk and the Q&A that followed click here: Jack Halberstam
From Techno to dubstep, the most significant dance music cultures emerge locally but impact globally. This discussion looks at how dance scenes emerge from specific local geographies and what happens to them when they migrate and go viral.
Continue reading Critical Beats 2: Place, Locality & Globalisation