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Lynnée Denise: DJ Scholarship, a Sonic Liberation Practice

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For the past decade, DJ Lynnée Denise has worked as an artist incorporating self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events, and public lectures. Her programs offer participants an opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with under-explored topics related to the cultural history of marginalized communities. The curated multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experiences encourage participants to apply critical thinking in considering how the arts hold viable solutions to social inequalities.

The artist coined the term “DJ Scholarship” to explain DJ culture as a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being a purveyor of party music to an archivist, cultural worker and information specialist who assesses, collects, organizes, and provides access to music determined to have long-term value. This shift in perspective manifests most clearly in the presentation of her work at universities, cultural conferences, and performance venues where she creates spaces for public dialogue to occur using music as an entry point to bridge the gap between socially acceptable and nontraditional forms of knowledge. The talk includes a screening of her latest film project, "Electric Ring Shout." The film includes elements of the DJ mixtape, provides sonic and visual contextualization of the rhythmic pulse known as "The One,” and explores music migration and diasporic dialogue as embodied through dance and movement.

Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who was developed as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at the California State University Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department.

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