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The Author : Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux

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Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux is an artist born in 1950. He was first known for his performances, before writing about them as a historian in his book L’Acte pour l’art (Editeurs Evidant, 1988; new edition, Al Dante, 2004). He has published ten books, including L’Art parodic’ (Java, 1996; new edition Zulma, 2003), Leçons de scandale (Yellow Now, 2000), Je suis bouleversé (Semiose, 2008), and Twist tropiques (Loevenbruck and Yellow Now, 2013). He has exhibited regularly at the Loevenbruck Gallery in Paris since 2003 (in 2017: En affinité(s) : Apple Shrine / Allan Kaprow / Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux). He has also participated in the exhibitions Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, 2006; La Force de l’art 02, Grand Palais, Paris, 2009; Une forme pour toute action, Le Printemps de septembre, Toulouse, 2010; Les Maîtres du désordre, Musée du quai Branly, 2012; Le Surréalisme et l’objet, MNAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2013. He occasionally writes for the theatre with Sophie Pérez and Xavier Boussiron: Le coup du Cric Andalou in 2005, Oncle Gourdin, 2011, and Biopigs, 2015.

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Interview by Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux
27 December 2018

Single Identities Are Over!
Conversation with Bertrand Dicale

Interview by Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux

In a long conversation with Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Bertrand Dicale looks back on his book Neither Black nor White: The History of Creole Music (Ni noires ni blanches : histoire des musiques créole s, published by La Philharmonie – La rue musicale). This work shows how the tragedy of slavery contributed to the development of multiple forms of music: Biguine, Bossa-nova, Calypso, Chachacha, Dancehall, Danzon, Forro, Gospel, Jazz, Kopa, Mambo, Merengué, Milonga, Morna, Negro-spiritual, Ragamuffi, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rocksteady, Salsa, Tango, Zouk… All have in common the fact of being neither African nor European, not only Black nor only White, and not only dominating nor only oppressed. Their common historic origin brings them together more than anything else: they are Creole.

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