While the brightly lit gallery spaces of SAVVY Contemporary above focuses on the visual, cerebral and Apollonian aspects of cultural enquiry, BLACKBOX below is a Dionysian shadow world of hallucinatory sound and rhythm, of ritual and technology, of bodies in fluid motion.
A direct extension of SAVVY’s global outlook of contemporary art and culture, BLACKBOX celebrates music of the subaltern, of groups who are socially, politically, and geographically outside of hegemonic power structure; focusing on modern electronic bass and club music and traditional rhythms of Africa, South America, and Asia; fragmenting and dispersing an outdated Eurocentric “cultural center” of the world to encompass the entire globe.
IBOGA & KAELA NKANZA__________Kinshasa/Paris
a soul stirring live band pieced together from seasoned Jazz, Electronic, and Reggae heavy hitters.
DJ SOULVENDOR__________________Tropical Timewarp/ Berlin
vintage tropical selecta par excellence, this dude always brings the serious grooves from Africa and the Caribbean.
DJ ZHAO__________________________Ngoma/ BlackBox/ Beijing
rhythm ambassador from the distant planet Sirius B, Dj Zhao will be reaching deep into the cosmic crates.