2020, Thu, Apr 02

Politics of the Dance Floor

With Mike Banks, Larisa Kingston Mann, Eugenia Seriakov, Samira Hamid Sharifu, Phatstoki and Sarah Farina

Sarah Farina | Photo: Gaétan Clément

Sarah Farina | Photo: Gaétan Clément

What is the relationship between rave and resistance? Can raving be a form of “pleasure activism” (Adrienne Maree Brown, 2019)? What does social justice look like in the clubbing context and beyond? The second edition of On Music sets its sights on the dance floor.

Even if the practice and consumption of music increasingly take place online, music still stands for a direct, shared experience. However, when escapism and profit making prevail in club culture, the importance of the dance floor as a political place is overlooked. In the urban centers around the world, various actors are working on defending this political place and imagining it over and over again.

Mike Banks, music producer and co-founder of Underground Resistance, producer, DJ and promoter Phatstoki, DJ and radio host Eugenia Seriakov from the Sound System Culture collective and the legal ethnographer Larisa Kingston Mann aka DJ Ripley will talk with moderator and DJ Samira Hamid Sharifu about their experiences in the underground club and music scene and the possibilities for making a difference in their communities. Where does the music come from and who actually has access to the dance floor? What could strategies for sustainable networking be like? What does a global community of actors and locations from the club scene look like if they mutually support one another and together meet and counteract the political challenges of today? How are experiences in Detroit and New York, Berlin and Johannesburg connected, even though the realities of life are so different?

The discussion will be followed by music: DJ and producer Sarah Farina will play a set with the panel guests’ favorite tunes. Phatstoki, part of Johannesburg’s Pussy Party Team, will close the evening with sounds that break through genre boundaries.

Curated by Sarah Farina and Kerstin Meißner