In-Person: Montez Press Radio, 46 Canal St., Manhattan, New York
Online: Montez Press Radio
Russell E. L. Butler, Juliana Huxtable, Dion "TYGAPAW" McKenzie, McKenzie Wark, WTCHCRFT
Capacity & Accessibility
Listen in person at Montez Press Radio at 46 Canal St., Manhattan or via livestream at radio.montezpress.com.
For those joining in-studio, advanced registration is appreciated. Please note, the studio is only accessible via two flights of stairs and limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Techno is everything you haven't imagined yet will bring together artists and writers to discuss techno’s roots and permutations—simultaneously existing as a commodity in the nightlife economy and a hugely influential musical form connected to a rich lineage of Black music. Examining techno in a globalized gig economy, the panel will explore its material conditions, particularly the ways it has been hybridized and recontextualized as it is marketed, historicized, and continues to mutate and will be followed with a DJ set by WTCHCRFT. An emergent new voice in Brooklyn's homegrown Techno scene, WTCHCRFT's high energy sets have become a New York staple in recent years.
Russell E.L. Butler is an artist living & working in NYC. Over the years, Russell has been an active member of the underground DIY music scene & created sound works & performances for several diverse art institutions. She has released cassette tapes, 12”s, and albums with labels like Opal Tapes, Ghostly, Tresor & Mr. Saturday Night. Russell can also be found on a diverse array of lineups in clubs & festivals in NYC, San Francisco, Berlin, & London to name a few.
Russell’s artistic pursuits span the myriad of cultures & sonics related to Dub, Experimental, & House music. Most recently, in 2023, they have signed on with T4T Luv NRG to release two projects. The first, a 12” of 4 club ready bangers under their elusive DJ Autopay alias & the next being their first solo album since 2018, titled “Call Me G”.
Russell weaves narratives out of their personal & social experiences as a participant in cultures that are being stamped out by the machinations of late capitalism. She forms a kind of propaganda with her work; presenting ideas & practices that invert the cynicism born from violent disempowerment & encourage a direct engagement with society's institutions with the aim of strengthening collective power.
Russell is currently a resident at Woodward in Ridgewood, NY. Here they are further developing their performance “How to DJ” as well as beginning a book addressing death and memory in relation to preserving marginalized music cultures.
Juliana Huxtable is a writer, artist and musician living and working between New York and Berlin. Her forthcoming poetry collection will be published with Wonder Press in 2024. Her first collection of texts, Mucus In my Pineal Gland, was co-published by Wonder Press and Capricious in 2017, and she co-wrote Life: A Novel with Hannah Black, published in 2018 with Buchhandlung Walther König.
TYGAPAW grew up as Dion McKenzie in Mandeville, Jamaica. Today, the artist, producer, DJ, and label owner resides in Brooklyn, New York, where they have spent the better part of a decade uplifting frequencies representative of the Black electronic music diaspora. Their sonic palette—informed by the dancehall of their hometown as much as it is the techno emanating from the warehouses of Detroit—has made them an indispensable figure in Brooklyn's electronic music scene.
Since 2014, McKenzie has been carving out spaces in New York for queer people of color through their queer club night, and now label, Fake Accent. The platform is part of their broader mission to forge liberating spaces for marginalized people, particularly Black, queer and trans people, an agenda embedded in the various layers of the artist's work. Early records like the breakthrough EP Handle With Care (2019), Ode To Black Trans Lives (2020) and their debut album, Get Free (2020) established McKenzie not only as a skillful producer, but further as an emotive storyteller. Through their production, they are known to weave together stories of queer immigrant life, radical self-preservation and Black communal joy.
McKenzie Wark is the author of Raving (Duke University Press) among other things. She co-edited the Black Rave issue of eflux journal with madison moore, and edited Free Your Body for Factory International. She is co-curator of the Writing on Raving reading series. She is professor of culture and media at The New School.
Dion "TYGAPAW" McKenzie: 3WI
Through February 18, 2024
3WI is the first institutional solo exhibition of Dion "TYGAPAW" McKenzie, premiering a newly commissioned installation combining video, sound, and performance. 3WI, or Third World immigrant, is a phrase which McKenzie adopted to describe their experience of immigrating from Jamaica to the United States.