ICS Lecture—Melisa Rivière’s “Between (Rewind) and (Reproduce): The Production of ‘Son Dos Alas’”

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As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 13 lecture series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture Entre |<< (rebobinar) y > (reproducir): La realización de ‘Son dos alas’” [Between Rewind and Reproduce: The Production of ‘Son Dos Alas’] by Melisa Rivière, anthropologist and audiovisual producer. Puerto Rican rapper SieteNueve will comment the lecture via Skype.

This activity will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:30pm in Amphitheatre Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: “Entre |<< (rebobinar) y > (reproducir): La realización de ‘Son Dos Alas’” is a multimedia reading about the globalization of hip-hop and its local expressions between Cuba and Puerto Rico. This research proposes hip-hop as an avenue for the study of social behavior and media as a “place” for contemporary anthropological inquiry. This examination reveals that young people from both Caribbean islands can best relate through value systems and civil rights struggles, rather than strictly the four elements of hip-hop (rap, break dancing, DJing, and visual arts). The presentation frames the research experience—placing in the foreground the subtleties of fieldwork between countries that have no diplomatic ties—intertwined with an analysis of the art of politics and the politics of art.

RiviereMelTHUMBDr. Melisa Rivière is a Latina hip-hop audio-visual producer, scholar, educator, anthropologist and activist whose work spans from the Twin Cities to the Caribbean. Dr. Rivière received her PhD in 2010 as an ICGC MacArthur Fellow from the University of Minnesota conducting research on the globalization of hip-hop and its local expressions. Her talk at the UPR is based on her dissertation titled “Son Dos Alas (They Are Two Wings): A Multimedia Ethnography of Hip-Hop between Cuba and Puerto Rico.” Dr. Rivière has published portions of her research in academic journals and popular culture magazines including In the House Magazine, Revista Movimiento, Urban Move Magazine, Public Art Review, Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music, American Anthropologist, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Beyond her literary contributions, Dr. Riviere’s multimedia ethnographic works have received various forms of recognition. The title track of her dissertation, “Son Dos Alas,” appears in the album The Underdog by recording artist Tego Calderón, published by Atlantic Records; the documentary film she produced about women in hip-hop titled B-Girl Be was showcased at the Langston Hughes Film Festival, and her music video for the song “Los Pelos” by rap duo Obsesión, obtained the Cuban Lucas award.

She has worked with In the House Magazine, Songo Sounds, Time Machine Squad, and The Lab Studios in Puerto Rico, as well as The Cuban Agency for Rap, La Fabri K, the Hermanos Saí­z Association, and Real70 Studios in Cuba. Her work on both islands includes documenting hip-hop conferences, festivals, and live performances, leading keynote talks and pedagogical workshops, as well as producing audio recordings and music video clips.

See more information on “Between Play and Rewind: the Making of Son Dos Alas” at Rivière’s site emetrece here: http://www.emetreceproductions.com/

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm

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