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From Detroit to the Cosmos: Carl Craig on Techno and Afrofuturism

Communication Arts and Sciences Building

February 21, 2024

Performing Arts, Talks, Panels, and Presentations

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month with an exclusive and intimate event featuring the renowned multi-disciplined visionary and Detroit techno luminary, Carl Craig. Presented in partnership with WKAR Public Media and moderated by MSU Museum curator Dr. Julian Chambliss, this unique program will explore Craig’s creative process and Detroit Techno’s fundamental role in shaping contemporary Afrofuturism.

Carl Craig is a prominent figure in the world of electronic music, particularly known for his work in the techno genre. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, he is considered one of the key artists in the second wave of Detroit techno during the late 1980s and 1990s. Craig has been influential in the genre, both through his own innovative productions and by fostering the careers of other artists through his record label, Planet E Communications.

Beyond his direct contributions to music production and DJing, Craig has been involved in various collaborations and projects across different genres and mediums. His work often bridges the gap between electronic music and other forms of art, such as performance and installation art. Craig’s influence and contributions to the electronic music scene, particularly Detroit techno, have made him a respected and seminal figure in the industry.

The event will include a reception from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, followed by a moderated discussion from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Room CAS 145.

Registration link coming soon!

For those unable to attend in person, a live stream of the event will be available soon!

Please note that free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.