From the 7th to the 9th of June, Arty Farty's team organized a series of talks, conferences and workshops centered around the subject of shifting narratives on the European level. In the 3 days of European Lab, over 80 guest speakers exchanged and debated over themes like inclusivity, sustainability, gender and racial representativity, afropeanity and more.

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Moderation: Khyam Allami

Speakers: Deena Abdelwahed, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Bruno Trigo Gonçalves & Herlander

Photo Credit: Brice Robert

Developed for the most part in Europe, North America and Japan, the tools and software used to produce electronic music continue to play a central role in the construction of Western-dominated narratives and imaginaries — even though the popular electronic music that came out of the United States in the 1970s and 1980s was predominantly the work of African-American artists.

The development of alternatives to standard methods of production has therefore become a major focus for today’s music scene. And this is exactly what certain artists and activists, such as Khyam Allami, intend to achieve by creating new production software to fight back against Western hegemony in the field and, in doing so, release electronic music from the shackles of its colonial past.

We also took this opportunity to record interviews with Sarah Gamrani, creator of poetry book “Au-Delà du Club” (Beyond Club) – to read here – , and Steven Van Lummel, founder of The Hague’s PIP – to read here.

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