HOWEVER DISTANT: 
A Place of Assembly 


(A) In Europe, particularly in France, rap music videos set in urban peripheries display a homogeneous corpus of images, supporting the formation of a contiguous body of practices, focusing on self-affirmation and territorial de-stigmatisation.
Although geographically dispersed, rap culture acts in fact as a landscape for assembly - as an emancipatory platform for the community as a whole.
To shed light on the proximities and common experiences within the European rap scene, this project envisions the creation of a stage that puts together ‘under the same roof’ scenery from France and Italy.

(B) Rap-video culture expresses the disparities between urban peripheries and dominant centres. It offers audio-visual records of the living conditions that regulate and reinforce the ambitions and fears of many who live in suburban areas. To shed light on the common experiences within the European rap scene, However Distant envisions the creation of a stage that puts together scenery captured from French and Italian rap videos. Despite their geographical distance, the videos recall the formation of a contiguous body of practices, focusing on self-affirmation and territorial de-stigmatisation. Drone and aerial shots depict rappers immersed in the architectural elements of their neighbourhoods – an act of defiance and resistance to marginalisation and disenfranchisement.

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WHAT COMES AFTER
WILL NOT BE LIKE WHAT CAME BEFORE
The Critical Inquiry Lab
Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven
27-30 August 2020