Event Title

Revealing the spectacle between bass drops: a Situationist reading of Nero

Location

Panel 28: Kearney 314

Start Date

27-10-2012 3:00 PM

End Date

27-10-2012 4:30 PM

Description

The lyrics and aesthetics present within DJ Nero’s music videos and songs seem to question reality as it is commonly known and consistently remind listeners of the widespread presence of commercialism and social conformity. These musical, rhetorical and visual aesthetics seem to draw from a poststructuralist Marxian social analysis similar to that which is used by Guy Debord and Paul Vanageim as part of the Situationist movement of 1968. An embrace of a Situationist theoretical lens in the analysis of the electronic dance music (EDM) produced by DJ Nero can then be understood as a detournement or “revolutionary juxtaposition of meaning” which can reveal the spectacle or Capitalist pseudo-reality as it currently operates within society and the various cultural sites of meaning wherein that spectacle can be opposed and its continuous cultural reproduction can be temporarily halted. The music and music videos of DJ Nero can be then situated as a force of resistance to the spectacle, which, along with other resistant entities, such as the Occupy movement, works to reconfigure various aspects of the spectacular system in order to create various cultural moments of truth in a society reliant on the continuous production of falsity.

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Oct 27th, 3:00 PM Oct 27th, 4:30 PM

Revealing the spectacle between bass drops: a Situationist reading of Nero

Panel 28: Kearney 314

The lyrics and aesthetics present within DJ Nero’s music videos and songs seem to question reality as it is commonly known and consistently remind listeners of the widespread presence of commercialism and social conformity. These musical, rhetorical and visual aesthetics seem to draw from a poststructuralist Marxian social analysis similar to that which is used by Guy Debord and Paul Vanageim as part of the Situationist movement of 1968. An embrace of a Situationist theoretical lens in the analysis of the electronic dance music (EDM) produced by DJ Nero can then be understood as a detournement or “revolutionary juxtaposition of meaning” which can reveal the spectacle or Capitalist pseudo-reality as it currently operates within society and the various cultural sites of meaning wherein that spectacle can be opposed and its continuous cultural reproduction can be temporarily halted. The music and music videos of DJ Nero can be then situated as a force of resistance to the spectacle, which, along with other resistant entities, such as the Occupy movement, works to reconfigure various aspects of the spectacular system in order to create various cultural moments of truth in a society reliant on the continuous production of falsity.