The dominance of certain cultural logics are an interesting point of departure from which to analyse the landscape of cultural artefacts and what's at stake in maintaining them, given that these artefacts themselves produce their own logics, both good and bad. They might be physical spaces that foster new communities, scenes that evolve styles, or anything that propels music as a distribution of intelligence.
What kind of cultural logic produces a turn? With evolution comes culture, and with culture comes cultural logic, and with cultural logics come fields of knowledge—ones that compete against one another. And it is in the delineating of these lines, and perhaps even producing them, through clarifying complexity, that perhaps cultural criticism needs to take its next turn. How can we splice the DNA of cultural production and criticism in an age where music's turns are emergent and occupy a complex horizon of possibility?
Throughout the K-Punk project, we find cultural artefacts analysed with a sense and appreciation of compulsion and pathology, both adopted and generated. Given Mark Fisher’s now seminal examinations of the capital's cultural logic through to his desire that mass culture return to being a terrain of struggle rather than a dominion of capital, this panel attempts to draw preliminary lines across what cultural logic can do and how, what it cannot do and why, and what would be needed to change these conditions.
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Dane Sutherand is a curator based in London, who primarily works as Most Dismal Swamp: an experimental art project and record label.
Terence Sharpe is an artist and researcher based in Berlin. He has been published through Triple Ampersand Publishing &&& and has presented his work at Trust, Spike Quarterly, and Phi Centre Montreal. He is affiliated with the New York based research collective ANON and a member of The New Centre for Research and Practice.
Dhanveer Singh Brar teaches in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths (University of London). He researches in the areas of Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies and Sound Studies.