Black Techno / Queer Rave

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Black Techno / Queer Rave
Fall 2022
Taught By: McKenzie Wark
Section: A

CRN: 14434

Credits: 4

Techno is a Black musical form that began in Detroit. It has since become a global phenomena and mutated into various other forms of electronic music. Many might now think of its home as certain famous, mostly gay, nightclubs in Berlin. In between is techno's less well known and ongoing connection to Black queer and trans nightlife. So let's look at these intertwined histories: of how Black, queer, and trans people, as sometimes overlapping and sometimes distinct populations, have inhabited and evolved this musical form, at the club, at the rave, at the after-hours. We will look at the emerging literatures around Black queer nightlife that attempt to find appropriate ways to document and appreciate these sometimes fleeting, sometimes deliberately hidden worlds. What I hope we can achieve together is an understanding of some of the key cultural drivers of the contemporary collective sonic avant-garde, of which New York City is one of the key centers. [Tracks C and M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:54am EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 262
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022