Now if six turned out to be nine,
I don't mind, I don't mind (…)
Alright, 'cause I got my own world to look through,
And I ain't gonna copy you.
Stimulating the audio nerve directly
You wanna come flex with me?
- The Spaceape
In this Book Club, we drown together in an ocean of sound and words.
We listen to echoes of submarine writings. We vibrate to the whale’s praise chants. We embrace syncretic marginal cults. We embark on a slave/space/ship for a time travel into modern cultures.
1492. Knowledge Freedom/Culture Born Wisdom.
We build or we destroy.
We find our way through popular cultures and music. Is there something to hear between the 0 and the 1 of digtised compressed music? Is there something to de-cypher in our coded Nyabinghi drums? What is the message hidden between themes, rhythms, intonations, improvisations, the samples, the drum, the bass, the cuts and the pastes?
We learn about the Know-Ledge.
What kind of mental space or imaginary frame allowed/constrained the emergence of a futuristic post-modern culture within the Black Atlantic?
To mediate our comprehension of the unsubtitled tracks, we'll intensively use texts by Kodo Eshun, David Toop, Peter Lamborn Wilson, S. H. Fernando Jr. and others, hoping we’ll finally kiss the sky.
We draw an intensive rear view mirror tour in theory, music, politics, visual arts and mysticism.
Positive – Energy – Always – Creates – Elevation. (PEACE)
We end the session with Zoé Whitley on the “ afrofuturistic transnational geographies”, a framework of thoughts and aspirations called Afro Futurism, today, in 2017.
Partly reading together, this session will also be a time for listening and thinking together.
Peggy Pierrot lives in Brussels and is involved in projects linking information, media, activism, radio art and technology.
A sociologist by training, she holds a postgraduate degree in multimedia engineering. Peggy worked as a journalist (Transfert.net, Le Monde diplomatique, Minorités.org) and as editorial/technical webmaster in media and non-profit projects. She lectures on African-American and Caribbean literature and culture, science-fiction, information society or related topics. She collaborates with erg (École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels), and she is a tutor in les Ateliers des Horizons in Grenoble (France), a new multidisciplinary professional training located at the boundaries of the art(s) and societ(y)ies.
Thursday February 16th
from 9.30am to 1.30pm
(as the session will be quite (con)densed, please be on time!)
a pass / Studio 4th floor
rue Delaunoystraat, 58-60