“Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas”

“Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas”
A multimedia lecture by Dr. Melisa Rivière
Sunday, August 26, 2012 – 7PM
Intermedia Arts – 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, MinneapolisLive on-line at: http://www.livestream.com/intermediaartsmn

From New York to Rio, from Nairobi to Tokyo, hip-hop, more than any other musical genre or youth culture, has permeated nations, cultures and languages worldwide. “Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas” is an engaging multimedia lecture presented by anthropologist Melisa Rivière about her experience conducting research on the globalization of hip-hop and its local expressions between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The lecture aims to educate and entertain audiences combining facts, figures, songs and music videos produced by Dr. Rivière in both locations. Using research data combined with multimedia arts Son Dos Alas proposes hip-hop as an avenue for the study of social behavior and media as a ‘place’ for contemporary anthropological inquiry. The research consists of collaborative songs produced between rappers from each location including Tego Calderón, Anónimo Consejo, Siete Nueve, Los Aldeanos, and Intifada amongst others. Rivière ‘s research reveals that it is through value systems and common civil rights struggles, more so than strictly the four elements of hip-hop (rap, break dance, turntablism and visual art), that youth relate to one another and their global audiences. “Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas” frames the research experience, bringing to the forefront the subtleties of fieldwork intertwined with the art of politics and the politics of art.

This unique exhibit of Dr. Rivière’s fieldwork, hosted and moderated by DeAnna Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts, will also honor the leadership and guidance provided by her Ph.D. advisors Frank Miller and August Nimtz.

The reception will feature guest DJ Omari Omari, traditional drinks from Cuba and Puerto Rico prepared by local “alchemist” Richy Rivera, and catering provided by Señor Wong.

This event is FREE and all participants are donating their resources, time, and talents.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
7PM – Lecture: “Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas” by Dr. Melisa Riviere
8:30PM – Reception
Intermedia Arts – 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

Melisa Rivière received her Ph.D. in 2010 as an ICGC MacArthur Fellow from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She has published portions of her research in a range of academic journals and popular culture magazines including In The House Magazine, Revista Movimiento, Public Art Review, Continuum’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Beyond her literary contributions, Dr. Riviere’s multimedia ethnographic works from Son Dos Alas have been published by Tego Calderón on Atlantic Records and received the prestigious Cuban Lucas music video award. In the Twin Cities, she has taught at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota, and co-founded the international B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop annual summit with Intermedia Arts. Currently Dr. Rivière serves as the Academic Director for the “Cuba: History, Culture and Identity” study abroad program at the School for International Training (SIT).

“Son Dos Alas” mural by Woset-Wan, Photography by JJ. Marroquin

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