In cooperation with the Today's Art Festival
from The Hague, CTM has invited Detroit Techno legends, Underground Resistance to bring one of their strategically employed "Sonic Assaults" to the Grand Opening Clubnight of the Festival at Maria am Ostbahnhof. Around founder member and mastermind, Mike Banks aka Mad Mike, UR will present Interstellar Fugitives, their personal vision of Hi-Tech Soul, comprising several live projects and DJs: Techno meets Motown, Detroit spirit envelops Berlin.
Almost two decades have passed since Mike Banks and Jeff Mills founded UR in 1989, the central forge of the now internationally renowned “Sound of Detroit”, which gave rise to such acclained Techno artists as Robert Hood and DJ Rolando. In the tradition of Sun Ra, Funkadelic and Parliament, UR draw their inspiration from concepts of Afro-Futurism. UR stands for music that, despite its world fame, remains irrevocably connected to its birthplace, Detroit, and to the city's history as the capital of Black Soul music. UR, the collective, is committed to community action – one of their most cherished goals is to promote local talent and facilitate access to means of production. Under the slogan "unexploitable" UR successfully operate in the music business, without losing sight of their political agenda regarding socio-political realities in Detroit. They fight racism, the commercialization of music, and indoctrination by the state. The precision of its strategic marketing campaigns, its militant profile and the anonymity of its members allow the UR collective to constantly subvert tired clichés and conventions. In this sense they are far more than just musicians. Their mission is self-determination, to be achieved by means of education and “immunization”.
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