A Funeral for Street Culture
A weekend on (un)doing fashion, gender, cultural appropriation & cultural/digital archive
“I look too good not to be seen.” – Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson)
“How do we tell each other this feeling might be or is forever? Do we tell each other heartbreak might be forever? Is pain forever? How do we share fugitivity and waywardness?” – Katherine McKittrick & Alexander G. Weheliye
“Give me the rub of calves,
rappers sampling jazz,
the char of frankincense
and everything else that makes sense
in a world that don’t.” – Momtaza Mehri
What do we do when the hype dies? We organize a funeral to say farewell.
A Funeral for Street Culture is a special weekender that digs deep into the world and sorrows of contemporary street culture, its influencers, shape-shifters and failures.The program zoomes into the alternative situations and praxis that breathe life into street culture pasts, present and futures.
Street culture has been for the past decades a global mode of cultural expression, a rebellion, showcased through the hijacking and transformation of elements of cultures, art and design- creating something new, owned by the communities from who it was originated, but what happens when the culture and its cultural productions are commodified by brands and institutions? To what extent are these processes of institutionalization and hyper-commercialization a death sentence to street culture? Is there still room for a counterculture? What does it look like?
Together with artists, poets, designers, thinkers and hustlers, Metro54 looks into these questions and ways the futures of street culture unfolds through wayward forms and practices that interweave or depart from design, performativity, queerness, fashion, activism and cultural appreciation. This weekender is a critical celebration of street culture and will take the shape of meetings, installations, performances, conversations, mournings and workshops for this (dying) culture.
Metro54 x Cultural Appropriation
Metro54 is a platform for young artists, thinkers, activists, writers and hustlers who push the boundaries of their (art) disciplines, with special attention to the talents who draw their inspiration from global and contemporary urban culture. A Funeral for Street Culture is part of the interdisciplinary and experimental program “Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?, which is realized in collaboration with the Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie.