Breaking Rules

Arrested Development: Appropriation, Covid-19 and What’s Next

Previously on DIYCD: Apart from accumulating, arranging and producing cultural content, time is inevitably devoted to figuring out how to maneuver in this new predicament, as it modifies institutionalized routines, expectations and possibilities on a day-to-day basis. It demands that we adjust, but for how long? At what point does …

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Kool Mo Dee x Chuck D

S/o to Roine SexFemman Borgstrand for showing me this one! Listening to OGs talk and share their reflections on their experiences of living and working with Hip Hop is invaluable. The particularities of their histories help calibrate our attitude and relationship to many of the caricatures and meta narratives about Hip Hop that distort the trajectory of the culture.

Head over to Bars Finns for a great selection of pedagogical Hip Hop material!

Questioning Cultural Diplomacy

Swedish Cultural Diplomacy is a government run transmedia program, partly based on the ambition to internationalize Swedish culture. Judging from Kulturrådsbloggen – the cultural attachés’ blog – the cultural attaché appear as bound to a particular cultural infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of the embassy, the concert hall, the opera, the …

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Diplomacy: Mediating Estrangement

Samples have histories. Rappers have histories. Slang, flows, and dance moves and drum patterns all have histories. BARS and neighborhoods also have histories. In Hip Hop, various histories are proudly put on display and celebrated, and sometimes openly contested1. One can apply the same methodology to diplomacy. In this entry …

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