Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A conversation about media, technology, culture, copyright, politics and "economic development"

When I was in Berlin a few weeks ago (part of my European tour) I was happy to have the chance to do one of my combination lecture & dj gig experiences (which I also have done in Brussels in 2010, in Pittsburgh in 2011).

I gave a short talk about some of my research on new media technology and cultural autonomy at the bar O Tannenbaum in Neukoelln, to a crowd of 20-30 very attentive and thoughtful listeners, who asked great questions. Then I played a DJ set for a couple of hours while people chatted, drank and danced a bit. One of the good questions came from a cool cat in Berlin who runs a podcast series called "cultural technologies" - and he invited me for an interview for the podcast. That interview is now live, and I encourage you to check it out - we had a great conversation. Check it out here:


Here is his (super astute) summary:

"In this podcast DJ Ripley (aka Dr. Larisa Mann) draws on her experience as a DJ, ethnographer, and student of public policy to examine how the history and present-day cultures of Jamaican street dance challenge familiar conceptions of artistic control and cultural appropriation. Tracing out political, economic, and technological itineraries that traverse US-American and Jamaican music cultures, DJ Ripley offers a genealogy of distinct (and intertwined) remix cultures as they develop at the margins of liberal jurisprudence and outside corporate control. The resulting analysis upsets political conceptions as diverse as the creative commons, copyleft, and development policies aimed at supporting art in the developing world."

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