Spanning art, music and performance, Culture Move is a dynamic exhibition tracing the diverse cultural heritage of Brent. The show explores the history of sampled music in the borough since the advent of Hip-Hop in the 1980s – celebrating a cultural movement initiated and led by young people as a positive creative outlet that continues to resonate across the generations.
The exhibition documents the recording artists, studios, pirate radio stations and urban spaces associated with the history of hip-hop and sampled music with a view to create new work that shines a light on the unique history of the area. Historical images and objects from the Brent Museum archive will also be used, visually sampling and rearranging these elements to form new compositions informed by music production techniques.
Collaboration is key to the project – Kingsbury based artist Jaykoe is looking to engage with the local community, inviting participants to bring personal objects and images, particularly those relevant to their culture and life in Brent, to be sampled in artwork for the exhibition. Jaykoe is working with drummers and percussionists, from different cultural backgrounds within Brent, to create the video installation Drums and Base. He will remix the sounds to create a vibrant new artwork exhibited at the museum, along with a vinyl record and live performance.
Culture Move’s accompanying events programme will include workshops on music production and the history of sampling, as well as sampling techniques in visual art production. Live performances will reference sampling and looping techniques and there will be live audiovisual presentations working with local artists and performers. Talks and curator tours will expand on Brent’s music and visual art history and the concept of sampling.
Culture Move aims to recognise the distinct cultural output of Brent and its surrounding area, connecting with the shared creativity of multiple generations within the artistic space of the museum.