2021, Thu, Oct 07

Assembling a Black Counter Culture

With DeForrest Brown, Jr., Lakuti, Mark Ernestus

© Abu Qadim Haqq (Detail)

© Abu Qadim Haqq (Detail)

7 pm Doors open
7.30 pm Book presentation: Assembling a Black Counter Culture
8.15 pm Panel: Techno at the End of The Future
9.15 pm Lakuti (DJ set)
9.45 pm DeForrest Brown, Jr. (live)
10.15 pm Mark Ernestus (DJ set)

Make Techno Black Again. That’s the unequivocal call of an initiative by DeForrest Brown, Jr. The Birmingham, Alabama-raised theorist, musician and activist dismantles the myths surrounding techno’s origins. His book Assembling a Black Counter Culture fuses the history of the music with the experiences of the Black working class in the U.S. and the migration of techno to Europe, offering a new perspective on electronic music and club culture as a whole.

At HKW, Brown will present the main arguments of his book. According to the motto „Techno at the End of the Future“, he will discuss the Detroit-Berlin axis with Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti of Uzuri Recordings and Mark Ernestus, co-founder of the Berlin record store Hard Wax, moderated by music journalist Christine Kakaire. The discussion will be followed by live music by DeForrest Brown, Jr. and DJ sets by Lakuti and Mark Ernestus.

As key gateways for techno in Europe, London and Berlin are the focus of two accompanying podcast episodes with DeForrest Brown, Jr., Steve Goodman, Nkisi, Lerato Khathi, Mark Ernestus and others in cooperation with the Camden Art Centre in London.