Thursday, October 10, 2013

Datacide in Deptford

Datacide, international 'magazine for noise and politics', has its origins in the underground techno/speedcore/noise scene in 1990s London. Its founder, Christoph Fringeli, also initiated Praxis records and the legendary Dead by Dawn nights at the 121 Centre in Brixton (for a while Praxis had a record stall in New Cross Road in what is now Prangsta). Today it is published out of Berlin, but with contributors spread around the globe. As well record reviews and other music news, it features in depth articles and interviews on the related cultural politics, anti-fascism, and much more.

In a return to its South London origins, there will be a launch event for the new issue 13 on Sunday 20th October 2013 at Vinyl, the new record shop/cafe/bar at 4 Tanners Hill, Deptford SE8. It will run from 7 pm to 10 pm (admission free).

There will be talks from contributors including:

- Christoph Fringeli - An overview of Datacide.

- David Cecil  - 'Confessions of an Accidental Activist – Sexual politics and homophobia in Uganda'. David was arrested in Uganda and deported earlier this year. He found himself in the media spotlight after he produced a comedy drama in Kampala (Uganda) which was mistakenly portrayed as a piece of ‘gay activism’. The US evangelist movement, international rights activists and the mainstream media have all contributed in different ways to misleading perceptions of sexuality in Uganda. Meanwhile, more substantial and complex factors of post-colonial socio-economic transformation have been (deliberately?) overlooked, along with the actual experience of daily life for LGBTI people in Uganda (David was also involved in the 1990s free party sound system scene).

- Neil Transpontine ' 'Revolt of the Ravers - the movement against the Criminal Justice Act in Britain'.  It is now 20 years since the UK Government announced its plans for new laws notoriously targeting gatherings with music 'characterised by repetitive beats', sparking off  mass opposition. A look back on that movement and its impact.

Sunday nights sounds will be supplied by South London bassnik DJ Controlled Weirdness.

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