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Michael K. Taylor, Rara to Second Line

Photographer, sculptor, writer, and video artist Michael K. Taylor stops by the Radyo Shak at the 2015 Ghetto Biennale to discuss currency in Haiti, community sculpture, and the connection between Rara and the second line parades of New Orleans with the Shak team.

Taylor's Ghetto Biennale project, entitled Membrane, explored the idea of being a "refugee," in transition between physical places, spiritual beliefs, technology, and theories. Caribbean and American port cities such as Port Au Prince, Haiti and New Orleans, LA share histories of belief, commerce, and culture and have become shattered by natural disasters such as Katrina. The work was formed through a combination of collected objects that are "refugees" of their initial placement or use.



Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.