2019, Jul 05
Wassermusik: Black Atlantic Revisited
Twenty-five years ago, in 1993, Paul Gilroy's book The Black Atlantic came out, giving a name to a culture that is not specifically African, American, Caribbean or British, but everything at once: a Black Atlantic culture. In 2004, the Black Atlantic project took place at HKW and asked how the diaspora’s history of suffering challenges/challenged art and knowledge to find new forms. For slaves, the written word was forbidden under penalty of death. Although written texts are very significant, not they, but the music are the dominant engine of the wandering cultures of the Black Atlantic. With Black Atlantic Revisited, Wassermusik curator Detlef Diederichsen refers to the HKW project and places the South Atlantic Ocean in the focus of his musical research.