GAIKA announces ‘SYSTEM’ – an evocative art installation at Somerset House telling the history of sound system culture in London, commissioned by Boiler Room.
Marking 70 years of Windrush, the month long installation explores sound systems and Notting Hill Carnival’s heritage beyond the borders of West London at Somerset House.
Through ‘SYSTEM’, GAIKA challenges the media perception of Carnival by showcasing a fair representation of the stories, characters, statistics and under celebrated sound system culture.
Archival images courtesy Steve Shaw
“Notting Hill carnival is, in all its contradictions, a powerful expression of my immigrant culture. It is a political act of community congregation. This chaotic mass of wildly expressed emotion is a technologically advanced ritual that represents, at its core, a militant holding of space. Carnival simultaneously bucks and becomes the system with its defiance and pride and must never be moved.”
‘SOUND SYSTEM SERIES’
Each Thursday during SYSTEM, Boiler Room will broadcast a number of events from the installation with King Tubbys, Channel One, Saxton Sound, Rap Attack plus more to be announced in the weeks building to Carnival, co-hosted by GAIKA.
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