Music writer, theorist and film maker Kodwo Eshun’s More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction is set to be republished some 20 years since first. Derek Walmsley picks six columns from our archives by Kodwo Eshun in which the future Turner Prize nominee forged a new style of writing about dance music . At 17, Kodwo Eshun won an Open Scholarship to read Law at University. College , Oxford. After eight days he switched to Literary Theory, magazine journalism.

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It crossed centuries, it generalizes wildly, it is rigorous, but it is also gigantic.

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That is why the futurists and constructivists are so useful. There is lots more to be done yet. Eshun’s writing deals with cyberculturescience fiction and music with a particular focus on where these ideas intersect with the African diaspora. Science fiction as theory on fast forward.

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Questions of Progress I and II. Erme, United Kingdom 20 July I figure in the future that the DJs will have extremely developed fingertips, because they’re super-sensitive, like lily pads, like frogs. Artist led collective and organization delving in the close readings of the image in contemporary society through different activities.


Most musicians, in my view, still work under the conditions of Bach and Mozart. All around us people were so sober, so heavy and moral, which used to depress us.

Still, I feel this the lack because it is still not there yet. He is drawing a zodiac of the present. The Showroom, United Kingdom 14 July Marc Karlin Weekend, Meanwhile’. I did not see why this was the case.

In his first book, Kodwo Eshun devised a unique page-numbering system, beginning in negative numbers. To win the war, you jodwo it sideways: According to his brother, [ citation needed ] Eshun was heavily disturbed and influenced by the coup of Ghana carried out by J.

It is entitled The Era of Objects. Let us look a bit closer at the moment where concepts, distracted from the speculative mind are out, and get transformed due to exposure to the outside. In fact, they were the first media theorists of the twentieth century. eshhn

The concept then dies, fades away, loses its magic, and start to feel worn out. In Conversation with Jason Waite. Rather the other way: As a DJ and music critic, Eshun korwo in record tracks.

The theory fiction border is utterly permutable. Say, you go to an MP3 site and there are between tracks, sitting there to be accessed. In conversation with Ursula Biemann Eshun, Kodwo.


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On evasive objects in a Networked Age. Ballard said that the writer should access inconceivable alienations.

Dispossession, Displacement and Death. The convergence of pop and the Blair administration allowed traditional, old media back in. We both felt that the primal energy was there. I think such linkages can only succeed in an informal atmosphere of freedom and relaxation. Not to contextualize and historisize, tracing the archeology of concepts, where they come from, which is what academics are trained to do. Now in my view some for these transformations are successful, whereas others fail.

What are the rules of the intensive textual explorations? Accessed 27 December When I wrote my book it did not have to be historical. I love the idea that digitization does not stop at the screen. Sonically, when you compose, you are theorizing tonally. Pop music is a public secrecy. That is why in the talk I gave here I used terms I would never have used two or three years ago: