Tag: subculture

XOYO & The Whisper Gallery presents: THE BOOMBOX Project @ XOYO / Until 15th January 2012

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 6pm

@ XOYO
32-37 Cowper Street
London, EC2

Entry: £Free

www.xoyo.co.uk / www.owerko.com

While in Tokyo in 2001, photographer Lyle Owerko found a mint late-seventies Victor JVC at an outdoor market. Having already been a collector, his hunt began for more rare and obscure models. Beloved by rappers, b-boys, dancers, political protestors, and punks, a siren call to gather and dance, the boombox reminds us of when music was a collective experience and the street was a club. Owerko spent years collecting and photographing a remarkable set of vintage boomboxes, resulting in an arresting, unexpected photoseries of these cult objects.

The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music, and The Urban Underground, featuring a introduction by Spike Lee. This is the first time the full exhibition will be on public display in the UK.

Time to bust your best moves!

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Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime @ Rich Mix / Until 24th June 2011

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 11pm

@ Rich Mix
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA

Entry: £Free

www.richmix.org.uk / www.dontcallmeurban.com

‘DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime’ is a photographic record compiled over a 12 year period, focusing on the youth of London’s inner-city at a vital time, taking as its prism the genre of grime – the most significant and controversial musical expression to emerge from the UK since punk.

Grime was essentially the UK’s own authentic response to hip hop, an angst-ridden, confrontational music conveying the hopes and frustrations of an apolitical generation locked into decaying housing estates.

The book is a visual reflection of what grime represented, chronicling the conditions that spawned the genre. It is a combination of music portraiture, social documentary and architectural photography.

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