While Luke Turner is absent in east London, hammering his keyboard through a shattered scree of metal and plastic, the finish line of his next book in plain sight, this month’s Low Culture podcast is brought to you by hirsute and cheese-driven Quietus co-pilot John Doran.
This month, the presentation duties are shared more than equally by the expatriate-Lancastrian renaissance man, Richard Foster. Richard traveled from his home port in Rotterdam, where he is one of the people behind that fair city’s radical art center, WORM, to join John in Utrecht for The Guess Who? weekend.
On the second day of the festival, a series of nationwide COVID emergency measures were announced, altering everyone’s plans as a curfew was declared closing most restaurants, clubs and concert halls after 8 p.m., not to mention the complete cancellation of the world’s biggest record fair. LBV? However, they handled the situation superbly, rearranging their schedules in the blink of an eye, working all night to make sure seats were set in venues and as many shows as possible were crammed into daytime slots. , and acts such as anti-patriarchal Moroccan punks Taqbir, Nurse With Wound list heroes Aksak Maboul and Kenyan, Ghanaian, Japanese dancehall, the collaboration between breaks and grindcore Scotch Rolex, really brought the atmosphere of the late afternoon party.
Taking a leaf from LGW’s book ?, instead of packing our bags and heading home, we continued with our plans to record a few Low Culture podcasts under the new emergency rules, completing one in the hostel cell. John Monastic and another the a festive Dutch tugboat (but more on that in a future article).
Our guest this month is Antye Greie who performs politically charged electronic music under the name AGF. Antye was born in Communist East Germany and now lives in Finland, where she helped found a collective known as Hai Art in Hailuoto. She is a sound artist, poet, and member of the supporting community and promotional platform for female electronic musicians identifying women Female: Pressure. She has collaborated with a notable list of artists, including Eliane Radigue, Gudrun Gut, Kaffe Matthews, Vladislav Delay and Craig Armstrong. She describes her audio work, succinctly, as living in “an augmented space where the hammering [Berlin] experimental post-techno, oral creation, abstract video art, feminism and radical ecology create an autonomous environment “.
Perhaps more than any other guest we’ve spoken to over the past year and a half, Antye has really gone to town with the idea of Low Culture. She chose the group Silly who, although unknown in the UK, were one of the biggest rock groups in the GDR of the 1980s. She speaks brilliantly about what it means to be in the fan club of a big group when growing up in a socialist country, before describing in nuanced terms her direct experience of communism and what she thinks of young Western artists calling for a Marxist. revolution. It’s also time to talk about the dark and gigantic Frontex border agency and how we in the West talk about “Eastbloc” culture, not to mention several fond memories of the anarchic experience of watching Faust perform live.
This responsibly produced and socially distanced podcast was recorded by Alannah Chance in accordance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines in the Netherlands.
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