The Liquid Club #4: The Sound of Culture by Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei

The Liquid Club is a monthly discussion group which invites collective thinking and drives the development of Liverpool Biennial 2020.

In previous sessions, we have explored themes of subjectivity, Western patriarchal and colonialist ideas surrounding the body, nomadism and posthumanism. This month’s Liquid Club – taking place in The Caledonia pub – will build on these conversations.

The discussion will focus on music and specifically, the role that diaspora and technology have played in its development and consumption. To what extent have different styles of electronic music – disco, electro, Detroit techno, dub, krautrock and hip-hop – been influenced by geography, access to technology and industrialisation? And how might this be understood in relation to cultural philosophies such as Afrofuturism and contemporary popular culture?

Drawing on an extract from Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei's The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016), the session will also feature some active listening to key pieces of popular and experimental music to further stimulate discussion.


The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (p.1-15)


Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei is a professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. His essays have appeared widely in publications such as African American Review, Transition and The Believer. He is the author of Black-on-Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.


Kodwo Eshun, More Brilliant than the Sun, 1998 (download text)
Kodwo Eshun, Further Considerations on Afrofuturism, 2003 (download text)
John Akomfrah, The Last Angel of History / The Mothership Connection, 1996 by Icarus Films


Held on the first Wednesday of every month, The Liquid Club is a mobile platform activated at different venues across Liverpool. On each occasion, reading material including texts, films and music are distributed in advance online. It is free and open to all.

Please note spaces are limited and advance booking is essential. 


01 May 2019, 6.30–8pm


The Caledonia Pub
22 Caledonia St
L7 7DX

TicketsFree, booking essential