Public program

14 November 2021, 13.00-18.00


Music as Spectral Infrastructure: Day Two

Part of Le Guess Who? 2021

  • Edward George b2b TChung, Sound of Music, 19 June 2021

Day two as part of the two day program Music as Spectral Infrastructure, part of Le Guess Who? 2021, considers the sound system as a form of spectral infrastructure, and how anti-colonial resistance to racial capitalism was channeled through sound system music such as dub, house, techno, and jungle. View the program of day one (Saturday) here.

(Update 12 November 2021: because of new Covid-19 restrictions, unfortunately, the evening program is partially moved to the afternoon and partly cancelled. Check out the full update here).

13.00–13.15 hrs
Louis Moreno (member of freethought and lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, London) 

13.15–14.30 hrs
Black Audio Film Collective (Reece Auguiste), Twilight City, 1989, 60 min.  
Film screening
The day begins with a screening of Black Audio Film Collective’s 1989 film Twilight City, which presents the financial deregulation and spatial restructuring of London in the late 1980s as a global shift in the economies of social domination that began at the colonial plantations of the Caribbean. The film presents a woman’s letter to her mother in Dominica, accompanied by interviews with historians, theorists, and journalists that reveal London as a city undergoing a global financial transformation where people live in worlds separated by race, gender, and class. Twilight City is a profound meditation on London, exile, queerness, abandonment, and on the racial violence unleashed by the Margaret Thatcher government.

After the film, a conversation between Lynnée Denise and Edward George reflects on Black electronic music’s extraordinary capacity to articulate an infrastructure of feeling in resistance to the racial and sexual regimes that reproduce capitalism.

14.30–15.15 hrs
Turntable Epistemologies
Lynnée Denise (artist, scholar, writer, and DJ)
Presentation and conversation with music excerpts
In this session, Lynnée Denise discusses her research into sound system culture during the rollout of neoliberalism in the 1980s, focusing on how one can think about sound system culture as a mode of survival for Black queers and migrants under assault from Thatcherism and Reaganism. The conversation reflects on how the contemporary understanding of neoliberalism as a racially and sexually oppressive regime is due to the cultural work of sound system producers and dancers.

15.15–16.00 hrs
The Strangeness of Dub
Edward George (writer and researcher)
Presentation and conversation with music excerpts
Edward George’s radio show The Strangeness of Dub combines critical theory, social history, a cross-genre musical selection, and live dub mixing to explore dub’s dimensions, spaces, and influences. This session focuses on The Strangeness of Dub and the themes of the Black Audio Film Collective’s film Twilight City (1989). George’s research articulates how dub is, as George says, a “marginal music and a music of margins, first and most enduringly located on the ‘b side’.” This conversation revolves around how dub queers our sense of what an infrastructure can do.

16.00–16.15 hrs

16.15–18.00 hrs
Turntable Methodologies and Sound of Music
Listening Sessions
As a culmination of the two-day program, Lynnée Denise and Edward George play tracks and music that manifest the strangeness and wonder of sound system culture.

Turntable Methodologies Listening Session
Lynnée Denise (artist, scholar, writer, and DJ)  

Sound of Music Listening Session
Edward George (writer and researcher)

The program can be attended with a Le Guess Who? 2021 Festival wristband.

Alternatively, you can purchase tickets for the program via BAK (here or via button above). 

Tickets are €7.50 for a regular ticket, and €5 for students. There are also solidarity tickets available, providing free entry for those who otherwise could not attend.

Would you like to attend all or several parts of the program? Please click the “Continue shopping” button in the check-out screen, to add more tickets to your basket before finishing your order.

The program is also livestreamed via BAK’s website and Facebook page, with the exception of the film screening from 13.15–14.30 hrs.


Please note that it is required to show a “Coronatoegangsbewijs” (Corona entry pass) combined with a valid ID card at the door. More information here on the website of the Dutch Government. Please also review our other Covid-19 guidelines here.


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