Impact Sessions – DJ Ripley

Talk about how copyright law is being embedded in globally networked technology and how that risks not just “limiting freedom” in a general sense, but specifically how that reinforces existing social inequalities, along colonial lines. What’s cool about that idea is I can talk about Jo’s own experience making a mixtape of Turkish music and getting it pulled from Soundcloud because another Western artist who sampled the Turkish music was identified as the copyright owner.

So there’s a Turkish guitarist, a Belgian DJ, a European tech company, US copyright law, and lots of interesting issues going on underneath.

Ripley’s special blend of border-busting booty bounce has stormed dancefloors on from Boston to Brooklyn to Bow to Brussels to Belgrade to Berlin to Brisbane –and that’s just the Bs. All kinds all together get down and get up when Ripley brings the global ruckus. Ripley was voted “best dance DJ 2008″ by the San Francisco Guardian Readers’ Poll and nominated for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “New Contemporary Artist” award. She’s been slinging basslines and casting breakbeats live or for her many mixes since 1996. Ripley’s wreckstepping sets slice through genres:  dubstep, street bass, 2step, kuduru, juke, cumbia, sissy bounce, tribal guarachero, UK funky, hiphop, moombahcore, jungle, dancehall, breakcore, d’n’b, glitched-out breaks, bhangra and dub, sprouting new life on the dancefloor. On sunny afternoons, Ripley spins rocksteady. Some of her thoughts (and most of her mixes) can be found at

Larisa Mann is a legal ethnographer, journalist, public speaker and award-winning DJ. She writes about law and technology for and  the Wiretap youth news website. Currently in the PhD program at UC Berkeley Law School’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy department, Larisa’s dissertation project is an ethnographic case study of Jamaican music-making practices, based in a year living in Kingston, Jamaica. Her work situates local creative practices in the context of global colonial capitalism and its new and old networks of communication, transportation and migration. She draws data from everyday life to illuminate the realities of international and local copyright law and technology use. Larisa has spoken on various aspects of her work at the ROG social center in Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School; in front of hackers at Dorkbot Pittsburgh, to music industry executives at Midem’s Rethink:Music; at Sound Summit 2009 (Newcastle, Australia); and taught media studies and legal studies at UC Berkeley.

03 november 2011 – lecture at 21h – midnight DJ set at 22h

RECYCLART asbl/vzw
Station Brussel-Kapellekerk
Ursulinenstraat 25
1000 Brussels

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