Extended listening : A Short Course on the Music Playlist

    22/05  | 18:00
    23/05  | 18:00
    24/05  | 18:00


For everyone interested in learning through music playlists
1 day engagement but you can join more than one session
Free Access, reservation required at the Box office

#music #playlists #historical narratives #politics

A playlist is a list of audio files that can be played back either sequentially or in a shuffled order. The term originally came about in the early days of radio formats, when stations would devise – and, eventually, publish – only a limited list of songs to be played. Each playlist contains a hidden narrative: the sequence of its song might be able to tell a story, or sometimes recall history. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Lagos, Teju Cole is a writer, photographer, art historian. In 2012 his debut novel Open City – partly set in Brussels – encountered an enormous success. He is also a music expert, writing about it, and regularly publishing public playlists often constructed as a travel between different genres, i.e. from Jazz to contemporary Malian music. For the Free School he conceives three autonomous classes about history, politics, community and pleasure, whose syllabus is each time a Spotify music playlist. A new way of learning together in the form of a listening session, where knowledge is equally transmitted by both his introductions and the tracks.

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Decoratelier

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Teju Cole

Teju Cole is an acclaimed novelist, photographer, essayist, and curator. His novel Open City won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other accolades. His essay collection, Known and Strange Things, was short-listed for both the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and the inaugural PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. His other highly acclaimed books include the novella Every Day is for the Thief, the multi-genre work Blind Spot, the collaborative project Human Archipelago, the exhibition catalogue Go Down Moses and, most recently, the photobook Fernweh. From 2015–2019, he was Photography Critic of the New York Times Magazine.

Cole was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction, a 2015 US Artists award, and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents and raised in Lagos, Cole currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where he is Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard.

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