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DJ Lynnée Denise Presents: Black To Techno and the Black Music 80’s
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Public conversation and Performative lecture
Our artist in residence, world renowned DJ Lynnée Denise will talk about her role in the short film “Black To Techno” by Jenn Nkiru as it explores the lineage of Detroit techno and “what it means to be in tune with the machine”.
While speaking on her work and her exploration of techno roots, DJ Lynnée Denise will contextualize various music genres as they relate to black identities and queerness in response to misery, resistance and mechanical emotions in Reagan era blackness.
This performative lecture will also include a Q & A with Professor Adam Banks, and students from the course Black Music 80’s which Lynnée has been teaching this quarter through IDA.
Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to re-position the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment.