DJ lynnee denise launches Afropean Spring Tour
DJ lynnee denise spent the winter in Amsterdam as an artist in residence conducting research on Amsterdam's Bijlmer community in the 1980s. Amsterdam was the first city to launch the 'Global 80s Project.' 'The Global 80s' is a multiple-city performative research project that will use film, DJ culture and a moderated panel discussion to explore, in the context of the project's European cities, the cultural and social experiences of immigrants of African descent living there between 1980-89. Three of the nine cities to be featured in the project are Amsterdam, London, Berlin, which inspired her "Afropean Tour."
While in Europe lynnee denise has performed as a DJ in London and conducted preliminary research in the Brixton area, one of the communities of interest for 'The London 80s.' Recently she returned from a two week investigative trip to Germany where for 'The Berlin 80s' she will use electronic music as a way to enter conversations about xenophobia and the legacies and impact of nationalism on Berlin's communities of color. In addition to the recent mission in Berlin, DJ Lynnee Denise recorded a series of four mixes called "The Berlin Sessions" during an earlier trip to the city, which she plans to release over the next year. Part of the research in the selected cities included building a network of artists whom she can call on to participate and perform with as a part of the future project.
Lynnee Denise will also visit and conduct interviews for Europe's first Afropunk Festival to be held in Paris, France and from there will travel to attend the NYU Black Portraitures: Imaging the Black Body and Restaging Histories conference in Florence, Italy at the end of May.