Saturday 7 October 2017, 7.30pm
Down With Childhood
Repeater Books presents a night of discussion and music revolving around musical innocence, wonder, and the demand to grow up. This evening will mark the publication of the book Down With Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence by Paul Rekret, and will feature performances by Patchfinder, Jacob Williams and others to be announced, a multimedia presentation on the book by the author, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Marie Thompson, Paul Rekret and others (TBC)
About Down With Childhood
Sometimes music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realise. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades.
So claims Paul Rekret's new book Down with Childhood, as it takes in psychedelia’s preoccupation with rebirth and inner-children, the fascination with juvenilia amidst an ebbing UK rave scene and dozens of nursery rhyme hip-hop choruses spawned by a hit Jay-Z tune. Down With Childhood explores the relationship between the often remarked crisis of childhood and changing experiences of work and play and ultimately, to an ongoing capitalist crisis that underlies them.
Patchfinder - live performance
strong and stable electronics of austere-death
Jacob Williams - live performance
A one-off live electronic performance by musician and sound artist Jacob Williams (Petwo Evans/flies+flies), which will manipulate audio recordings from Paul Rekret’s archive - all around the theme of childhood - into an emotive soundscape/noise work using digital DJ technology and techniques inspired by the history of experimental turntablism.
Marie Thompson is a Lecturer in Lincoln School of Film and Media. Her research centres on the affective, material and gendered dimensions of sound, noise and music. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). She has also published a number of chapters and articles on the intersections of noise and femininity.
Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He is author of Philosophy, Politics, Polemics and his writing on music politics has appeared in The Quietus and Cesura//Acceso, among others. He is producer and host of Resonance.Extra's ‘Beholder Halfway’.
Down with Childhood
Ash Sarkar (Novara)
Ash Sarkar is a Senior Editor at Novara Media, an independent media organisation based in London. She has written extensively on the intersection of pop culture and liberation politics, with a particular focus on RnB, hip hop and grime. She lectures in Global Politics at Anglia Ruskin, and Film, Graphic Design and Propaganda at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. For bad football opinions, follow @AyoCaesar on Twitter
Dhanveer Singh Brar
Dhanveer is a scholar of Black Studies, as it intersects with Cultural Studies, Sound Studies and Critical Theory. The research he undertakes covers theorizations of black diasporic sonic culture from the mid-twentieth century to the present, the question of form in the black radical tradition, and the politics of black critical thought. He has published in journals such as Social Text, Darkmatter and Cesura // Acceso and is a founding member of the London based Black Study Group. At present he is working on a book manuscript analysing electronic dance music, urban geography and sonic culture in the contemporary black diaspora of the Global North. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures, at Goldsmiths College, University of London
DJ set - Chloe Frieda (Alien Jams)
strong and stable electronics of austery-death
Chloe Frieda runs the Alien Jams record label and an NTS radio show of the same name. Operating since 2014 the label has released artists including Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, rkss and Design a Wave. Chloe’s DJ sets typically encompass bizarre electronics, industrial-tinged techno and minimal synth oddities.
DJ Actually Existing DJ is co-founder along with Paul Abbott of the journal on the politics of music, Cesura//Acceso.