Passive/Aggressive – New nonprofit zine on activism in contemporary music

April 30 2018 ZINE7

The seventh edition of the ZINE by Passive/Aggressive, which deals with the complex relation between music and politics, is released in April 2018 and distributed at production price.

The contributors and participants in this new issue are artists, improvisors and writers of the current experimental music sphere such as Príncipe, Black Quantum Futurism, Lisa Blanning, Greg Fox, Rabih Beaini and Nynne Roberta Pedersen Pedersen. Marta Pina provided photos from and the cover art was put completely into the hands of Iceage-frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, who is also an accomplished visual artist.

Recent years have seen a surge in politicized art – from the activist strategies of the avant garde to the racial and feminist awareness of the mainstream. This is both cause for celebration and caution: In an increasingly toxic political landscape, music has the ability to move and enlighten people in ways, that are not accessible to rational discourse and to create spaces that allow for the envisioning of change and ultimately a better world. However one must always be alert when a phenomenon is popularized. When political indignation becomes fashionable, the bandwagon starts rolling, and the danger of the white middle class leaving its fetishized objects in the cultural gutter becomes imminent. One must therefore remain critical and not allow political art to be merely a trend!

ZINE #7 is our contribution to this discussion and presents important examples of activism in our contemporary global music scene. The magazine should not be read as an exhaustive account of this challenging field, but rather as a collection of voices, that reflect some of the ways in which music and politics are currently interacting.

“From our understanding of what is political, the music, the way it is produced and presented to an audience, and the very existence of the label, all that is inherently and inseparably political. The only message is in the action itself.” – Príncipe (interview)

“The powers and the thing we are actually fighting against, it does not give a fuck about noise music or jazz or anything. It does not care and it is not affected by transgressive art. That is not what is going to change anything, and you are not going to get the world of fucking oil and onto solar or renewable energy by playing noise. You are gonna change it by voting. […] Music and art can become the cultural network through which the facility of festivals and concerts bring people together to hopefully have these conversations with each other and strengthen these networks.” – Greg Fox (interview)

“The so-called political art and the political ‘left-wing activism’ have surely become positions of power, career makers and contributors to the capitalist system.” – Nynne Roberta Pedersen Pedersen (essay)

“Black Quantum Futurism is a means of exploring and developing modes and practices of spatiotemporal consciousness that would be more beneficial to marginalized peoples’ survival in a high-tech world currently dominated by oppressive linear time constructs.” – Raasheedah Phillips / Black Quantum Futurism

“Her collage approach, often beautifully messy and abrasive, implicitly opposes to the clean, neat production of the predominantly white (and male) tradition of electronic music. […] Elysia Crampton refuses to reproduce these ideas, disputing the concepts of individualism and ownership, and dismantling the high versus low culture division on the way.” – Ivna Franic (essay)


Passive/Aggressive ZINE #7
April 2018

Príncipe (interview)
Greg Fox (interview)
Black Quantum Futurism (essay)
Elysia Crampton (essay)
Ata Ebtekar aka Sote (interview)
Rabih Beaini (essay)
Cedrik Fermont (artist talk)
Come! Mend! (essay)
Nynne Roberta Pedersen Pedersen (essay)
Lisa Blanning (essay)
William Parker and Hamid Drake (artist talk)
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (cover)

Ark Books, Møllegade, Copenhagen
Click Festival, 19.-20. maj 2018, Helsingør
Sort Kaffe & Vinyl, Skydebanegade, Copenhagen
Insula Music, Blågårdsgade, Copenhagen
Lydhør på en Søndag, Garagen i Øgaderne, Aarhus
Big Love Records, Harajuku Tokyo
Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St. London
Commend, 172 Forsyth St. New York
Staalplaat, Berlin
Underbelly c/o Worm, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

Print: Cyclus paper, 76 pages, offset print by Eks-Skolen, edition of 500. Front cover by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. Photos by Marta Pina. Additional texts by Javier Orosco, Ivna Franic and Sandra S. Borch. Design by Susanne Benther Mouritzen, post production by KLD Repro. Released by the non-profit organization Passive/Aggressive. Supported by Roskilde Festival and The Danish Arts Council.

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