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On Air: The Importance of Radio

With John E. Collins (Underground Resistance), Diana McCarty (reboot.fm) among others
Moderation: Lisa Blanning

Part of "Detroit – Berlin: One Circle"

“Detroit-Berlin: One Circle” traces the intimate relation of two repeatedly written off and yet symbolically over-determined places: Detroit and Berlin. The imagery of a civilization in ruins that has been associated with both cities evokes an almost mythological anti-glamorous austerity. At the same time, both cities are, in the pop-cultural consciousness of the 1980s, invariably connected to the rapid development and spreading of techno music. The festival does therefore not only focus on the rich musical exchanges happening at the time. It also acknowledges the productive mistakes made in artistic and urban policy debates tackling this subject. 

The reception and distribution of the kind of techno music that emerged in Detroit in the 1980s – a sound that worked against the decline of the Fordist city after the onset of the country’s de-industrialization by evoking a Utopian image of the future – also paved the way for Berlin to become a metropolis for electronic music. HAU Hebbel am Ufer honours this fact, whose historical importance continues to exert important influences today, through a cooperation with “The Potential – Subcultural Exchange For Urban Development”. Together, we initiate a club night in Berlin’s prestigious Tresor club. In this context, we also shed light on an insufficiently considered genre: female HipHop with Miz Korona & The Korona EffectChéz & Dj Stacyé J and AWA – African Women Arise. In addition to a surprise act from Detroit, Mike Huckaby will present the Sun Ra Reel-to-Reel Sessions with Richard Zepezauer & Lakuti.

Roundtable discussions with producers from the cultural realm and urban scientists from Berlin and Detroit will explore the question of newly emerging spaces of possibility for cultural practitioners in post-industrial cities. A comparison of both cities will on the one hand reflect on themes like gentrification, displacement, and austerity in order to formulate a critique of the agents shaping the political and private sectors. On the other hand, it will analyze common consequences of an “urban boosterism” that regards city life predominantly as an economical resource. 

The interdisciplinary artist Tiff Massey has created a singular performance for the festival, which will take up the discourse on “creative cities” and discuss its paradoxical relationship. In preparation for the festival, Baly Nguyễn, the SDW e.V. group and Kotti-Shop traveled to Detroit: they will present the results of their artistic residences at HAU3 as well as in an outdoor installation.
Current Performances
Thu 31.05.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
Presented as part of „Detroit-Berlin: One Circle“, a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.