Dance music has disruption, creating community, and challenging the status quo at its core. House is a perfect example of this with its roots in late 70’s Chicago in gay clubs like The Warehouse – the places that Frankie Knuckles called “church for people who have fallen from grace” – that were “the only safe spaces for queer folk, especially considering the constant barrage of police raids, often without warrants, that terrorized Chicago’s gay community.” The connection between disrupting convention through spaces and music is a thread that runs through dance music history. Music can’t solve every problem. But we need connection to work together for change. We need disruption to change systems. And remind us of our history and who is included in (and excluded from) electronic music scenes and the sustainable worlds we can create.
This panel will explore themes of music, community, politics, and sustainability with club culture researcher Kerstin Meißner (Research Institute for Sustainability), DJ/activist Sarah Farina (Transmission) and TBD facilitated by Steve Williams/drusnoise (sustain.berlin)