THIS IS NOT A TALK SHOW
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WHAT'S ON THE MENU? / SAFE DANCEFLOORS
The discussion of health and safety in Club Culture is one which circulates regularly. Often, the impression of “dangerous enjoyment”, in which one should fear for their own personal safety, is formed from an outside perspective. However, a celebration is synonymous with pleasure and vitality, and excess has always belonged to this way of life. Individual risk behaviour affects not only one’s own personal safety but can also affect one’s acts, therefore potentially endangering the safety of others. This brings a responsibility for the party goers, as well as club owners towards their fellow guests.
EXCLUSIVITY/INCLUSIVITY AND RAVE AWARENESS
How to curate a crowd?
A topic that reflects on club aesthetics and ethics.
Starting with the Altered States in the Ancient Rites of Dionysus and Cybele that is introducing an understanding of ritual ground/dance floor as a space that was created for the empowerment of women and gays and later became popular and welcoming to others. What lessons can be learned from the psychoactive induced cults of ancient Greece and Rome and how do these lessons now reflect on the inclusive practices and the exclusive door policies created to protect them? We will follow with a scanning of the dancefloors worldwide and especially in Berlin, stressing on recent discussions over door policies. Looking into International developments or measures to include people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who are handicapped or learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities. Finally, recognizing that in some cases an aim to create and protect inclusive spaces, turns into tyranny that leads to destruction of the same one.
NEW URBAN TOOLS TO SAVE AMPLIFIED GRASSROOT CULTURE
How the city that never sleeps has changed since the days when techno was embraced as the sound of Reunification. Tolerances are not as high as in those days, and the hollow houses that once swallowed Berlin´s underground rave scene are now expelling the very grassroots activity which the city became synonymous for. The densification of Berlin´s urban territory has left a striking new division, one that exists within the conflict zone of space and music - advanced largely by processes of gentrification, the evaporation of available free space for amplified music and bureaucratic hurdles that are defined by State or market rules. Many cities have gone through such processes before, inspiring researches from within and afar to gather a holistic overview of the causes, ramifications and possibilities to protect the more fragile scenes of urban life. And, with that data, they come to Frei(T)räume to lead a solution-based discussion aimed at resisting the onset of ‘Clubsterbern’ and, to present new urban tools and models locally implementable for the preservation of non-commercial, self-actualized cultural projects and amplified explorations.
RAVE DIPLOMACY/DANCING WITH AN URGENCY
How does the Rave-o-lution of Bassiani in Tbilisi connect with an AFD Wegbassen street rave in Berlin? Contemporary cities are witnessing dramatic processes of change. Set within political, social and cultural struggles, collective structures across the world continue to harness the mobilizing and liberalizing power of music to advance unspoken dialogues. Rave Diplomacy stands: To exchange, empower and connect worldwide the ones that choose music, art and self-organization as a weapon to initiate dialogue and to create safe dancefloors.
During Frei(T)räume, Rave Diplomacy offers the stage to various international electronic underground music collectives that are on the forefronts of such movements. They will present a global perspective on partying and performing arts under political oppression by exchanging their stories and music.
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