Underground & Black x Club Quarantäne

As a mark of respect to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the Black Lives Matter movement we will postpone Club Quarantäne 3 to June 26. To acknowledge the atrocities, from Friday the 12th June until the next party we have invited Ash Lauryn, of Underground & Black to curate the CQ platform and draw attention to black artists, art and culture.

Some words from Ash

Commitment to the culture is the driving force behind my art, and it is my hope that this project celebrates, enlightens, and inspires. Some of the various resources featured in this collaboration shine a much needed light on everything from the sensitive subjects of cultural appropriation to performative allyship. It also features information on some pivotal moments in black history and culture like the Black Arts Movement that came to fruition in late 1960’s Harlem.

House and Techno are Black Music, and I find a deep sense of pride and strength in that fact. These topics can be explored through some of the resources included, like writer Imani Mixton’s piece “Detroit is Techno City and Techno is Black”, or director Jenn Nkiru’s powerful short film “Black to Techno”.

Collectively, I chose these pieces for anyone who would like to dig a little deeper into the black experience from our perspective- the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable. One of the most beautiful things about black art in my opinion is that even through the struggle we continue to create; we continue to rise. Black art isn’t simply here for the sake of consumption, it is actually rooted in much more than that, and I would advise those that simply consume without understanding to take a serious look at the information provided. My platform "Underground & Black" has always been about celebrating black culture, much long before blackness and black lives were trending topics. I encourage you to continue educating yourself even once the protests stop, and the public outrage settles. This a collective fight, and it's far from over.

Sending peace and strength to all.

-- Ash

Links

DJ Sets

Club Quarantäne · Underground & Black at CQ

U&B Flyers by Stefan Ringer

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