• Techno-Gentrification: act 3

    Techno-Gentrification: act 3

    Author: Jean-Hugues Kabuiku & Mathys Rennela Illustration: Crackdown of a rave party in Redon (France) by the military police on June 19th, 2021. Part 5. Outro: Where do we go from here? On June 23rd 2022, an art event called “Regards du Grand Paris” took place in collaboration with the Atelier Medicis, an art center […]

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  • Techno-Gentrification: act 2

    Techno-Gentrification: act 2

    Text by Jean-Hugues Kabuiku and Mathys RennelaIllustration: collage of photographs from the Coronation riots (30 April 1980), Vondelstraat riots (March 1980), and the Nieuwemarkt riots (1975). Part 3. Neoliberal urban planning and the end of the Dutch anti-capitalist counter-culture While nightlife can serve as an agent of urban-capitalism, urban planning has itself been used to […]

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  • Techno-Gentrification: act 1

    Techno-Gentrification: act 1

    illustrations Catherine Hilgers Text By Jean‑Hugues Kabuiku & Mathys Rennela We analyze the spatialization of capital via public-private collaborations for the use of industrial wastelands to build cultural spaces, and the use of street art to limit who get to access spaces (taking the example of Johannesburg). Starting from a broad analysis of the spatialization of capital in the city in the 21st century, we go on to argue that private actors hiding behind the veil of being cultural actors (for instance CULTSPACE, sinny&ooko) use social washing

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  • Needle spiking: how misinformation and fear mongering pose a challenge to harm reduction

    Needle spiking: how misinformation and fear mongering pose a challenge to harm reduction

    Needle spiking: how misinformation and fear mongering pose a challenge to harm reduction Author: Technomaterialism Trigger warnings: sexual assault, spiking Abstract: The needle spiking moral panic and the misinformation surrounding it are contributing to fear mongering and a climate of social anxiety which poses a challenge to harm reduction, and does a disservice to survivors. […]

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  • Sweetheart, All Justice is a Dead End

    Sweetheart, All Justice is a Dead End

    Is it possible to ethically grow with, or divest from existing structural configurations, or the early intentions and trappings of collaborative “efforts” in creative-leftist entities ? How do we deal with the human / interpersonal dynamics that come into play in these circumstances?

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  • On the Capitalistic and Racist Dynamics of Sampling

    On the Capitalistic and Racist Dynamics of Sampling

    By Jean‑Hugues Kabuiku & Mathys Rennela This work is an extended transcript of our intervention at the cultural program The Politics of Music set up by Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels on May 14th 2022.

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  • Black dance music without Black people: a data analysis

    Black dance music without Black people:  a data analysis

    There is no way to deny the cultural shock induced by the 2020 Minneapolis uprising against police brutality. It was felt throughout the cultural landscape and in particular in the dance music industry, with an increased focus on featuring Black artists in the press.  Yet, this increased awareness for the Black struggle within the context […]

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  • Abolish DJ Idolatry

    Abolish DJ Idolatry

    Focusing club activism on club workers by Mathys Rennela There is no denying that the pandemic is having a lasting and deep socio-economic impact on the dance music industry.[1]In this essay, I specifically discuss socio-economic dynamics within the Western European dance music scenes. It is worth noting that the pandemic has impacted local dance music […]

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  • The Shock Doctrine Applied to Dance Music

    The Shock Doctrine Applied to Dance Music

    Credit Photo Courtesy Naomi Klein Watch as the COVID crisis accelerates the crisis in the mode of production; the insurrection has come in 2020, but not the revolution. What is the principal ideological force behind what I am calling  “the Shock Doctrine applied to dance music”?  Following Naomi Klein’s thesis in her book The Shock […]

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  • What is the future for music after COVID-19? VOL II

    What is the future for music after COVID-19? VOL II

    This is a follow up from my first essay “What is the future for music after COVID-19?” I was lucky to be able to exchange with DeForrest Brown, Jr. a New York-based theorist, journalist, and curator, with who I’m now doing a series of conversations with, about the music industry and the state of affairs […]

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