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Techno: Aloneness of Togetherness, form of globalization

Music_wallpapers_339By Ana Lordkipanidze , Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

Red, blue, green and yellow lights are everywhere. Intoxicated smell of music is the first thing that strikes every comer. The guy in red is undressing his beer bottle by his eyes. A girl with half-naked shoulder is smoking her last puff of Marlboro light. In the center, a guy with headphones is playing music with no lyrics and everybody is dancing to the beats, to the noise. Of course, one could easily guess that the described place is a disco club. Here everybody dances for him/herself, sometimes with closed eyes to enjoy the beats of Dirty Doering or any other DJ. Dance floor is packed, with people of different ages, gender, nationalities who are trying to get alone with the techno music and enjoy it with the group of many people. Thus techno preaches a new lifestyle: Aloneness of Togetherness, being alone while being around plethora of people.
Majority of older generation considers techno as an unpleasant noise, with no rhythm and meaning. This is understandable as introduction of techno is not only the presentation of new music, but of the new way that people communicate with each other which differs among generations. For example, for pop-concert people would go to the concert hall, dress in the special attire, listen to the musician or musicians who have good vocal skills and listen to the lyrics of the songs in any particular language. With techno all of these changed. In most cases, techno music is void of lyrics but full of beats, making it understandable for people of all nationalities. The Dj, person who is leading the performance doesn’t have to be a musician or play on an instrument. He also doesn’t have to know any specific language, as he is playing on the unique language of techno. For publication, he can just simply upload his beats on http://www.soundcloud.com and in case of success become popular pretty quickly. If he has good hearing and can mix with talent, he can become pretty successful.
To sum up, techno music became one of the tools of globalization, where people don’t need a language any more; they are all dancing together on the dance floor, physically touching each-other but trying to alienate in the beats of music.

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Teutonic Nights: How Europe Turned The Tide on American Culture

by John O’Leary (News Team Programme Coordinator)

Being young and ambitious in the cultural vacuum of post-war Germany was to be suffocated by the weight of history inherited from the misdeeds of another generation. To be young and African-American in Detroit in the Nineteen Eighties was to face the frustration of a limited future with no opportunity to rise above social expectations. Despite the gulf in culture, a common bond was formed between these youth movements through a shared obsession for industrial rhythms. Continue reading

70 years since, encapsulated in historical memory

by Dmitri Macmillen (CDE Program Coordinator)

On Wednesday the 22nd of June, seven decades will have elapsed since the beginning of Operation Barbarossa. In the build up to the anniversary in Germany, the Berlin Philharmonic will perform Shostakovich’s “Leningrad Symphony” while publications such as Der Spiegel have redigested the repercussions of the invasion of the Soviet Union. In Russia, the event will likely be commemorated on a solemn official note, as is customary of the occasion, and the main television channels broadcast films reliving the terror and anguish of the early Blitzkrieg advances of Hitler’s forces. Continue reading

Capoeira: connecting Brazil to the world

by Cristina Sakamoto (ACD Program Coordinator)

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance and music. Capoeira was created mainly by the African slaves in Brazil during the colonial period and combines movements from the martial arts and dance, to the sound of berimbau, pandeiros, atabaque, agogô and ganzuá, music instruments from Brazil. Continue reading

Tensnake – Something About You

This video is a perfect example of art as cultural diplomacy. The music, produced by German group Tensnake collaborated with Irish producer TJ O’ Grady to create a video for their song. The children in the video were from the Dublin Stage Coach, a stage school and everyone in the video orked for free.

Arts as cultural diplomacy at work.

Cultural initiative in Monténégro : The Jazz Art Association

Jazz Art Association wants to promote jazz culture through education, exchange, networking and performance projects in Montenegro and throughout the Balkan region and beyond.

Jazz Art Association wants to promote jazz culture through education, exchange, networking and performance projects in Montenegro and throughout the Balkan region and beyond.

Jazz Art Association is a non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting jazz music. Founded by Maja Popovic in 2009, this initiative had a catalytic effect upon musicians, educators, scholars, spectators, through concerts, workshops, festivals, teaching, mass media promotion, etc. It is based in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, and the Association gathers together music educators and musicians and scholars experienced in promotion, communication, and education in this field. Continue reading

The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy ConferenceAugust 21st, 2013

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